Children First issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the first Medicaid cut this week - cutting the primary care payment "bump":
"Children First is extremely disappointed regarding the recent announcement made by Governor Bentley regarding impending cuts to our state’s physicians who provide services to children.
“This is a cut directly on pediatricians and physicians all across our state,” said Christy Cain, executive Director of Children First. “It will result in decreased access to care, not just for children on Medicaid, but for all of Alabama’s children.”
Cain stated, “At Children First we believe that effects on our children should always be at the forefront of our elected officials’ minds when they are making budget decisions.”
We hope the Governor and the legislature will make the difficult but responsible decision to call a special session and find a stable revenue source that will properly fund this vital program for our children."