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Speaking of cuts…

According to a source, here are some of the cuts being discussed by House lawmakers sketching out what a no-new-taxes budget might look like:

-Eliminate the state’s Basic Health Plan, which offers subsidized health coverage for the working poor.
-Eliminate adult dental-, vision- and hearing benefits for Medicaid patients,
-A 14 percent cut in state reimbursement rates for hospitals,
-Elimination of the state’s General Assistance (for the) Unemployable program, called GA-U, which provides $339 monthly checks and health coverage to people unable to work, often due to mental illness.
-Eliminate medical coverage undre the Alcohol/Drug Addiction Treatment Support Act, better known as ADATSA,
-Ten percent cuts in nursing home reimbursement rates,
-$63 million in cuts to the Regional Support Networks, which are local administrators for mental health funding and services.
-Eliminating the state money used to offset cuts to county health districts after lawmakers did away with the state’s motor vehicle excise tax.

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