Medicaid cuts could put brakes on patient transportation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With just days to go before cuts to Medicaid payments take effect, service providers heard grim news from the head of the House Health Committee.

"Services will be reduced," Rep. John Mizuno said. "The entire community will feel the pinch. "

Mizuno said the 3% reduction on reimbursements to service providers will cut into non-emergency transports of Medicaid recipients.

"Some of the companies who provide this service will probably go out of business," Mizuno said.

Over 267,000 Hawaii residents receive Medicaid assistance.

The reduction in reimbursements to service providers takes effect July 1.

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