Lawmakers ponder plan to eliminate health cuts

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers will discuss a measure to avoid all cuts in health and medical programs.

North Myrtle Beach Rep. Tracy Edge said Monday the House hopes to use nearly $200 million in federal Medicaid money to eliminate planned reductions for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and for prescription drug programs.

Agency supporters had worried that children with autism, people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities would lose all services.

Edge says the plan takes care of those programs. It also restores $10 million cut from drug programs that would have limited people to no more than three prescriptions a month. Edge also says there is money to continue paying for HIV and AIDS drugs.

The House is debating a $5 billion budget for the coming year.

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