Deep Cuts: Colorado Medicaid Budget

Friday, November 13, 2009

We continue our series on the impact of state budget cuts, focusing today on Colorado, where there is a nearly $2 billion deficit right now. Proposed budget cuts would have an impact in many areas of the Rocky Mountain State. K-12 school funding would be cut 6% in the latest budget proposal; tax-credits would be rescinded; and there's even a "Twinkie Tax" on candy and soda sales. We're looking at one cut in particular: Medicaid funding. Even though it's not the biggest line item, it is hitting those Coloradans most in need.

Tim Everett, State House reporter for the Denver Post, is with us. Also joining us is Mitzi Moran, president and CEO of Sunrise Community Health, which is a community health center in Evans, Co. The center weathered a 14% funding decrease in the past year, most of it impacting their lower-income patients.

Guests:

Tim Everett and Mitzi Moran

Comments [2]

Monica

That is easy to say if you have never had a need. Thank God that I have never had need but I know many that have.

Nov. 13 2009 01:51 PM
Dave Brubeck

These cuts are fantastic and a big step in the right direction.
I see no reason the USA government should spend ten times as much money as other countries with similar size populations.
I hope we a get other States to follow Colorados lead in trimming runaway spending and downsizing our bloated State governments.

Nov. 13 2009 09:07 AM

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