Chafee budget cuts payments to Medicaid

PROVIDENCE, RI – Here's a closer look at how the Governor's budget would impact medical services in the state.

The state's health insurance program for the poor, elderly, and disabled would see the biggest cut in the Governor's budget. Chafee expects to save $14 million by reducing state payments to companies that administer Rhode Island's Medicaid program. Administrators would get 4% less per patient per month and will have to make up the difference without cutting benefits.

Another proposal would eliminate dental care services for adults on Medicaid, saving an estimated $2.7 million.

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