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Bush Medicaid Cut Means More Costs for New Hampshire

March 24, 2008

Concord, NH – It's not a tax cut, it's a "tax migration." That's what children's advocates are calling a Bush administration plan to cut $2.2 billion from the federal Medicaid program over the next four years.

In New Hampshire one program facing cuts is rehabilitation services for low-income children. But Jack Lightfoot with Child and Family Services of New Hampshire says it won't reduce the spending, just pass the burden to the states.

"Under New Hampshire law and under federal law, these are children who are going to be served, so those costs are not going to go away, they will just be shifted down."

Lightfoot believes that while the federal government has made a commitment to help fund health care for low-income families, now it is backing off from that obligation. Congress placed a moratorium on implementing the cuts, but unless it's renewed, the moratorium will expire in June.

Lightfoot adds that beyond cutting funds, the plan also imposes new rules that would make services more expensive. He calls those rules outdated.

"They are trying to make it look more like what they think medicine is, and I think that they are behind the times in understanding what real, comprehensive health care is for a child."

John Robinson/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NH