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State budget cuts impacting low income residents

CAPWN Health Program Director Jeff Tracy says Governor Ricketts veto of $32 million for groups that serve the elderly and people on Medicaid will  have an impact on services like dentistry that are provided to low income residents.

Tracy says dentists treating Medicaid patients are already doing it for less, and a three percent reduction in their provider payment may be the last straw. Tracy says the dentists may say, “We just can’t do it”

Tracy says CAPWN could not provide the service unless they were also getting help from the federal government. He adds  they already have a long waiting list of people who want to receive oral healthcare, and the state’s latest action “may compound that.”

Tracy admits unless the ag economy recovers, getting the money restored in future legislative sessions will be difficult.

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