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Responding to Medicaid Service Cutbacks

An Advocate’s Checklist

By Jane Perkins

Helping low-income clients with medicaid problems is a complicated endeavor in the best of times. With the economic recession prompting states to cut Medicaid spending by reducing provider payments and covered benefits, advocates for these clients face an even greater challenge. Even in tough economic times, however, states have to follow state and federal law when the cut Medicaid services. The states’ errors often follow similar patterns, and advocates who understand those patterns are better situated to help their clients.

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