New cuts to health services for the poor take hold in October, with the elimination of eye exams and glasses for adults on Medicaid.
Medicaid recipients are receiving notices about reductions, eliminations or other changes to an array of health services in the next few months. The $354 million Medicaid cut in the state budget includes limits and other changes to services totaling $16.5 million.
In addition to getting rid of routine adult eye care and glasses, the state plans to limit payments for deep cleaning dental treatments for people who have gum disease to once every two years from once a year. Outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for adults will be limited to three visits a year.
The Medicaid service reductions were included in Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget and adopted by the legislature.Read the full article