"Now, the Medicaid Agency is left with the tough decisions of which programs to cut, and how deep to reach into the pockets of Alabama's citizens who can already barely afford their medications and health treatments. Services at risk of being cut are prescription drug coverage for adults, eyeglasses for adults, outpatient dialysis, prosthetics and orthotics, hearing programs, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), among other programs and services that patients across Alabama need to survive."
"But these cuts will most certainly impact those not on Medicaid as well. Medicaid is the backbone of healthcare in the state of Alabama. Nearly one million children and elderly citizens depend on Medicaid for their healthcare services, or just below 25% of the state's population. If Medicaid makes significant cuts to physician payments, many physicians, and in particular those who serve a large number of Medicaid patients, would be forced out of business and maybe out of Alabama."