Health care cuts could lead to doctor's rates dropping


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Updated: 2/06 11:05 am Published: 2/06 11:02 am


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to cut state spending on health care is expected to result in fewer benefits and a reduction in reimbursement rates to doctors that provide medical services to the poor.

Fallin has proposed a 5 percent reduction in state appropriations to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the agency that oversees the Medicaid program. That amounts to a $47 million cut to the agency's budget at a time when the federal health care law is driving tens of thousands of low-income Oklahomans into the program.

The proposed cut comes at a time when the agency is requesting $144 million in new funding.

Both legislators and agency officials say any reduction in funding is likely to lead to cuts in reimbursement rates to medical providers.

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