Connecticut governor cuts hospital Medicaid payments by $63M

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced he will make more than $63 million in new cuts to hospital Medicaid payments, according to a WSHU report.

The Medicaid cuts are part of more than $102 million that the governor plans to trim from the state's budget. Gov. Malloy's budget office said the cuts are necessary for the state to maintain a balanced budget, according to the report.

Connecticut Hospital Association CEO Jennifer Jackson said reducing hospitals' Medicaid payments will hurt patients and medical providers.

"With nearly one in five Connecticut residents on Medicaid, withdrawing even more funding from the state's obligation is outrageous," Ms. Jackson said, according to the report. "It puts a tremendous additional strain on healthcare providers who already provide services with reimbursement that is nowhere near the actual cost of delivering that care."

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