SC Medicaid plan: End adult dental, hospice care

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state's Medicaid program plans to stop
paying for adult dental, vision and hospice services and cut home
health visits by a third for the state's elderly and disabled in
      On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services will ask
the state's financial oversight board to allow it to run a $228
million deficit for the rest of the current budget year.
      If the board doesn't go along with its plans, the agency has
said it will shut down payments from the state's Medicaid program
to doctors and hospitals.
      The agency also plans to eliminate routine infant circumcisions,
cut prescription drug benefits and shoes for diabetics, and things
like umbrella and crutch holders for people who use wheelchairs.
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