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Michigan Governor's Executive Order Budget Cuts Do Not Cut Payments to Medicaid Patients

Thursday, December 11, 2008 General News J E 4
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LANSING, Mich., Dec. 10 News stories thisafternoon by some major Michigan newspapers' web sites contain unintentionallyinaccurate information about Executive Order (EO) budget cuts proposed todayby Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Specifically, the stories mistakenly reported:"Another $5.3 million will be saved by cutting reimbursements to hospitals,physicians and nursing homes." In fact, the EO cuts do not reduce providerpayments for health care treatment delivered to Medicaid patients.

"Medicaid is a complex program, so it is easy to see how thismisinformation found its way into these and possibly other stories," saidDavid Seaman, executive vice president of the Michigan Health & HospitalAssociation. "However, health care services for Medicaid patients areprotected and, in fact, are not reduced in the Executive Order cuts issued bythe Governor. At this time, with Medicaid caseloads and uncompensated careskyrocketing, it is important that this inaccurate information be corrected,which is why we are issuing this statement."

SOURCE Michigan Health & Hospital Association
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