Letter to editor, Daily Local News, May 17, 2019, from Chesco Commissioner Kathi Cozzone
It’s déjà vu all over again. The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget. This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services and community development programs.
Of significant concern here in Chester County are the proposed changes to Medicaid. A $16.9 million loss could result if Medicaid Expansion is repealed, potentially affecting 26 percent of our claims for Medical Assistance through Pennsylvania’s HealthChoices program. This would be devastating for our less fortunate neighbors who need the services provided by Chester County’s Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol and Children, Youth & Families departments. Direct cuts to Medicaid would also negatively impact Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations by reducing payments for emergency services. If your local ambulance organization, for instance, is not reimbursed for the services they provide, they may go out of business, leaving some of the population without coverage.
Our very security is at stake. …
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