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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Potential Budget Cuts in Utah

(KCPW News) Advocates are speaking out about steep cuts state legislators are making to Utah’s Medicaid program as they try to balance the budget. In a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, the Utah Medicaid Partnership said reductions in these services will have a detrimental impact on the future of Utahns of all ages. Andrew Riggle, a public policy advocate at the Disability Law Center, said that Medicaid is a life support people rely on. He’s a beneficiary of state services himself due to cerebral palsy.

“For a good number of these services and supports that people access, there are no private alternatives. Either these folks can’t access private insurance, or the kinds of services and supports that they need aren’t covered by private insurance, or aren’t available in the amount that they need,” said Riggle.

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