Bentley: 'Change of heart' needed to prevent Medicaid cuts

Bentley: 'Change of heart' needed to prevent Medicaid cuts

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Gov. Robert Bentley says the state's Medicaid system needs to prepare for drastic cuts.

On Tuesday, state lawmakers overrode a Bentley veto on the general fund, which has an $85 million shortfall for Medicaid.

Bentley laid out potential cuts under the current budget, including eliminating drug coverage for all adults on Medicaid, cutting the primary care bump, reimbursement cuts, loss of outpatient dialysis and more.

Bentley said all cuts are possible to make up the $85 million shortfall.

Those cuts do not include the more than $700 million in federal dollars the state would miss out on by not switching to a system of Regional Care Organizations.

Bentley said a couple of weeks ago he would call a special session to find more money, but Wednesday he backed off the claim, saying it's only under consideration.

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