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Cuts in Medicaid payments take effect in SC

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - -

Doctors and hospitals are getting less money for treating Medicaid patients.

Media reports that the latest cuts in the Medicaid program took effect Monday.

Payments to doctors from the state and federally funded health care program for the poor and disabled is being cut by up to 7 percent.

The Department of Health and Human Services thinks the reductions will save the state $125 million.

It's the second reduction in three months. A 3 percent cut took effect in April. Patients are now being required to pay $3.30 to visit a doctor.

That's up $1 from the previous co-payment. Doctors say they already lose money treating Medicaid patients and might have to stop doing so because of the reduced payments.

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