Alabama children deserve better than these Medicaid cuts

ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Tuesday, April 5, 2016, after the Alabama Legislature overrode the governor’s veto to pass a General Fund budget that would force deep Medicaid cuts:

“We can’t build a stronger Alabama by taking a sledgehammer to the foundation of our state’s health care system. But that’s just what this inadequate General Fund budget would do.

“This budget would force devastating Medicaid cuts that could force many hospitals to close and lead many pediatricians to leave the state. These cuts could put health care at risk for hundreds of thousands of our state’s most vulnerable residents: children, seniors, and people with disabilities. And new Medicaid reforms to save money and keep people healthier would grind to a halt.

“Alabama’s children deserve a better future than this. Our state needs new revenue to prevent these Medicaid cuts and continue building a stronger, healthier Alabama for all.”

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