Health Care Authority – Proposed Medicaid Cuts.
One of the most frightening cuts being proposed is to eliminate all pharmacy coverage for 500,000 adults on Medicaid. This would mean low income adults who have a developmental disability and receive their health care through Medicaid would still be able to go to a doctor for their health problems, but they would have to pay for any prescriptions out of pocket. With no money to pay for prescriptions for heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other common health problems that require daily medications, there is the real probability that people could die from preventable causes.
Dental services were eliminated for all adults except those who have a developmental disability and receive services through an HCBS waiver. The new proposal will eliminate ALL non-emergency dental, affecting 123,000 adults. School-based medical services for 23,000 children would no longer be paid for under Medicaid; school districts would be responsible for all services. Interpreter services for 70,000 people, which made it through the last round of cuts, is now proposed for elimination again as well.