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Medicaid cuts begin Tuesday, but not as severe as first announced

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South Carolina’s Medicaid program will continue with cuts to some of its services on Tuesday, but the list will not be as extensive as the agency announced in December. The state Department of Health and Human Services said it will not stop offering adult hospice services or in-home delivered meals, but it will continue with plans to halt dental and vision services.

On Monday, the agency reversed some of its planned reductions after a review ordered by Gov. Nikki Haley. DHHS says its final list of cuts will save about $7 million this year. Also among the cuts was a lower limit on the number of rehab visits each year. Beginning April 1, visits for speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, or physical therapy could be no more than 75 hours per fiscal year.

The agency is seeking permission from the state Budget and Control Board to operate at a $228 million deficit. The Board is scheduled to meet next week.

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