PEDIATRICIAN: CUTS HAVE CHILLING EFFECT ON CHILDREN’S WELLBEING

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Ashlyn Irons

TUSCALOOSA- Potential Medicaid cuts continue to worry Alabamians and their doctors.

The problem started when the state legislature and Gov. Robert Bentley butted heads over the general budget.

Hearings over the issue this week are still open-ended.

Medicaid and health officials say the proposed cuts spell disaster for the state economy and health care system, and could end in many rural hospitals closing.

Pediatrician and Professor at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Karen Burgess said the cuts have a chilling effect on residents, but hurt children the most.

“Medicaid is the insurance provider for at least or almost 25 percent of the population in our state, which includes over 50 percent of our state’s children,” she said.

Hearings over the issue will continue over the next couple of weeks.

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