Local hospitals concerned about cuts to Medicaid

BENTON, IL (KFVS) - Hospitals that treat a high number of Medicaid patients will be hit hard by some last minute budget cuts by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Franklin Hospital CEO Hervey Davis says 22 percent of all the patients his hospital sees are Medicaid recipients.

The governor's budget reduction veto cut $276 million dollars out of the Medicaid program. For Franklin Hospital, that means about an $80,000 shortfall.

"If we didn't have 80,000, it's one more straw on the camel's back so-to-speak," said Davis. "You eventually get to a point where it's just too much."

The cuts don't mean hospitals won't get paid, it means they won't get paid until the next fiscal year - 2013. Davis says delaying payments longer than they already are means the hospital will be short on cash flow to buy equipment, medicines, pay doctors and nurses and take care of its patients.

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