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Possible Cuts to Medicaid Could Hurt Thousands of Coloradans

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The non-profit, non-partisan health consumer group Families USA says thousands of Colorado residents could be impacted if deficit reduction plans include cuts to Medicaid.

Colorado directly administers its own Medicaid program but every dollar spent by the state is matched at least dollar for dollar by the federal government.

“Medicaid, frankly, can make the difference between a productive, healthy life for many people with chronic conditions and debilitating illness or even death,” says Kathleen Stoll who is Director of Health Policy for Families USA.

According to a report released by the group on Tuesday an estimated 103,350 children, adults and seniors in Colorado count on Medicaid assistance to treat heart disease and stroke. Without it, Stoll says many would no longer be able to fill essential prescriptions or see a doctor if their condition worsened.