Family council concerned with governor’s budget cuts

NORWICH – Newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) recently revealed his budget for the 2007/2008 year. The budget considerably reduces the growth in Medicaid and has some people concerned about what the changes will mean for the elderly population.

Chris Foster, who works as an Ombudsman for the Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) Residential Care Facility – providing help to residents and staff members of long term care facilities to resolve resident’s concerns – and the members of the CMH Family council are worried about the effects of the proposed budget.

“The proposal reduces the State funds growth in Medicaid from 8 percent over the last five years to 1.7 percent in 2007-08,” a January 31 press release from the governor’s office states.

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