Bearing the strain of caring for the 4,000 local people already removed from the Medicaid roll since cuts began last summer won't be easy, said Richard Gram, executive director and chief executive officer of Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Center.
By the time the cuts take full effect next year about 90,000 people statewide will have reduced eligibility under Medicaid.
Grace Hill will have to scale down the number of physicians it employs and figure out other ways to be more financially efficient, Gram
Reallocating revenue raised through a proposed cigarette tax might be a solution, Gram
The benefit would be twofold, he
added.First, higher prices would deter smokers, thereby reducing health care costs to begin with and, second, the tax revenue generated would pick up the slack that decreased Medicaid coverage leaves behind, he