House sees the light on a Medicaid cut
It was a grim scene last Thursday as the House Health Care Council voted out a package of budget cuts that included elimination of eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids for about 146,000 seniors who are Medicaid recipients. But public reaction to those cuts may have had an impact: In the House budget released Sunday evening, the cut had disappared completely after the Republican leadership used an unallocated $14-million to plug that hole.
"Dentures are a big deal if you don't have teeth, and eyeglasses are a big deal if you can't see," said Rep. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, who said he was grateful to House leaders for eliminating the reduction. (The Senate's proposed budget eliminates coverage for hearing and dental care, but keeps eyeglasses).