Lawmakers begin hearings today on proposed cuts to Medicaid, the state’s medical assistance program for the poor.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has asked a task force to recommend ways to trim $90 million dollars in state spending on Medicaid. The senate finance committee is scheduled to hear testimony about several budget proposals that would cut payments to hospitals and nursing homes.
Representatives of both the hospital and nursing home industries in Rhode Island have expressed concerns about the cuts. The state is facing a nearly $200 million dollar deficit, and spending on health care and human services accounts for one of the largest chunks of the state budget.