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Some Health Care Programs Are Part of State's Budget Cuts

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Governor Gregoire has proposed cutting the General Assistance Unemployable Program.

This gives money and medical care to disabled people who can't work. But other state budget leaders say they could still keep the program.

We could also be looking at a $250 million from the Basic Health Plan for low income families. The Senate's plans for budget cuts were revealed on Monday, and the house plans will come out on Tuesday.

We talked to the Chief Financial Officer at Kennewick General Hospital, who says these cuts could really affect people's health.

"The people can still get help by going to the hospitals but they'll be using more expensive services, waiting longer, until they really get sick going to the ER, rather than checking with their physicians," said Terry Litke,

KGH staff say to make up for these budget cuts they may have to take money out of their cash reserves.

But that money is already going toward the hospital's expansion at Southridge. They're hoping it'll stay the same.

This Thursday KGH is scheduled to have a meeting with the Washington State Hospital Association to learn more about the budget cuts.

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