Neb. bill would halt planned cuts to Medicaid

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Posted: Jan 30, 2012 3:58 PM
Neb. bill would halt planned cuts to Medicaid

The State of Nebraska should reinstate planned cuts to the Medicaid program to better serve children and low income families, several health care advocates say.

Members of several advocate groups spoke Monday at the Capitol in favor of a bill that would prohibit the implementation of $28 million in planned cuts to the Medicaid program.

Officials from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Building Bright Futures and the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations say the cuts hurt people that need help the most.

John Cavanaugh is the executive director of Building Bright Futures, a group that started in 2006 to assess the needs of youth in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

He says restoring funding to Medicaid is critical to improving the lives of low income Nebraskans.