SD Legislature reduces Medicaid budget cut March 9, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CSTAssociated PressPIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that softens the effects of budget cuts on nursing homes and other health care operations that provide services to low-income people in the Medicaid program.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a 10 percent cut in reimbursements to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities that provide Medicaid services.That would save the state $30 million next year.
The Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to give Medicaid providers an extra $12.2 million that comes from savings in the program this year. That will reduce the size of budget cuts for many health care operations next year.
Nursing homes and other operations that depend on Medicaid for a large part of their income will be cut less than some other facilities