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Monday, May 23, 2011

APPARENT BUDGET DEAL GOOD FOR MEDICAID, PUBLIC HEALTH BUT BAD FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION

The House and Senate worked through the weekend to reach final agreement on a state budget for 2012-13 and on bills that will help to finance the budget. The good news is that the apparent budget deal includes no cuts to physicians’ Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program payments, no cuts to state mental health programs, and significant reversals of proposed cuts to tobacco cessation and other public health programs. Here’s the bad news. As lawmakers worked to push every available education dollar into the public schools, they pulled money out of higher education. That means steep cuts to undergraduate and graduate medical education.

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