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Rep. Insko: GOP push for additional cuts to state Medicaid ‘inhumane’ (audio)

Rep. Verla Insko says Republican legislative leaders who promised to help solve the state Medicaid shortfall and later reneged are finding themselves in “an uncomfortable box.”

The Orange County Democrat says it is unrealistic to expect the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to fill a $139 million gap in the state’s Medicaid program without making damaging, drastic cuts.

Insko says Republicans who have refused to raise taxes or even extend a temporary sales tax increase this year, will force the agency to slash provider rates and eliminate vital services for thousands of residents across the state if additional funding is not appropriated.

“Our Medicaid population is already struggling…and anything we do on top of what we have already done would, I think, be inhumane,” said Insko.

While House HHS Budget Chair Nelson Dollar said Tuesday that the problem is Governor Perdue’s to resolve, Rep. Insko says the General Assembly should simply shift unspent state money to DHHS, or address the shortfall in special session, if needed.

Rep. Insko joins Chris Fitzsimon on News and Views this weekend. For a preview of that radio interview, click below:

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One Comment

  1. Frances Jenkins

    December 8, 2011 at 5:08 am

    As a taxpayer, I have some questions about this shortfall bill for Rep Insko.
    1. Were any of the bills paid for services not correct?
    2.Is the DHHS overstaffed as compared to other states?
    3. What research have you done to examine the numbers to prove these expenses are correct and within the guidelines?
    4. Are you using this a political punch against the Republicans rather than to protect taxpayers’ money and help the people who really need help?
    I do not think you have done your homework and neither have Chris or Clayton. Persons who qualify for these services would be better off if you and reporters would make the effort to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.