Human services agencies brace for budget cuts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Directors of several of Oklahoma's human
services agencies say pending budget cuts will lead to more elderly
people in nursing homes, fewer meals for hungry people and deep
cuts to Medicaid providers.
Agency heads testified Wednesday before a Senate budget panel
that oversees health and human services agencies. Directors were
told to brief the subcommittee on how cuts ranging from 10 percent
to 20 percent would affect their agencies.
The Legislature has about $1.2 billion less to spend this year
than last year. Even after using federal stimulus funds and money
from the state's Rainy Day Fund, lawmakers still are facing a
shortfall of about $500 million.
Department of Human Services Director Howard Hendrick says cuts
to the Advantage Waiver program could lead to 5,600 homebound
seniors moving into nursing homes.