• 79°

Melson: Don’t cut Medicaid

Sen. Tim Melson, M.D. warns about proposed cuts to Medicaid that the legislature is considering. (CONTRIBUTED)
Sen. Tim Melson, M.D. warns about proposed cuts to Medicaid that the legislature is considering. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – Sen. Tim Melson, M.D. warns about proposed cuts to Medicaid that the legislature is considering.

“I am deeply concerned about the future of healthcare in this state as a result of the ripple effects of proposed cuts to Alabama Medicaid,” Melson said. “If we want to improve and grow as a state and have job opportunities for our citizens, we cannot afford to let this happen.”

In the Alabama Senate, Melson represents District Six, comprised of all or parts of Madison, Limestone and Lauderdale counties. He serves on the Senate Finance & Taxation General Fund committee. He is a retired anesthesiologist.

“Healthcare is a multi-billion dollar business in this state, employing hundreds of thousands of Alabamians. I’m among many that believe Medicaid helps secure the foundation of our state healthcare ecosystem,” Melson said.

The legislature has discussed cuts from five to 25 percent in Medicaid.

“Worse, actual cuts would be much greater, considering that, for every dollar (cut) in state funding, we lose roughly $3 in federal matching funds. A $156 million cut then really means $600 million less injected into our healthcare system,” Melson said.

Melson contends that many Alabama rural hospitals, pediatrician offices and other healthcare professionals already “are teetering on the edge of closure. Over 1 million people are covered by Alabama Medicaid right now; more than half of those are children.”

“That represents nearly 21 percent of the state’s population. It’s a cross-section that affects rural, suburban and urban,” Melson said.

Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, “one of the finest medical facilities in the country, (revealed) that over 60 percent of its patients are covered by Alabama Medicaid. If you cut funding for those children, what is the likelihood that the hospital can continue to serve non-Medicaid patients?” Melson said. “Pretty slim.”

“Medicaid is at a turning point in Alabama. We can choose to reform the system or continue harsh cuts that will perpetuate the degradation of healthcare across Alabama,” he said.

Melson urges residents to contact their state representatives and senators about funding Medicaid.

Madison

Trash Pandas continue streak over Smokies

James Clemens High School

Jerry Zheng codes platform for Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education

Bob Jones High School

American Legion’s Memorial Day Ceremony set for May 31

Madison

Pitching, power lead Trash Pandas to 7-1 win

Madison

Colee, DeFazio and Howard honored as city employees of the year

James Clemens High School

Like to try a different sport? James Clemens Girls Lacrosse Team has openings

Madison

Rotary spearheads efforts in habitat for Monarch Butterfly Project

Madison

Heritage’s Chander, Nuzman, Gowder and Rajput shine at state science fair

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 12, 2021

Madison

Professional baseball returns to North Alabama, Trash Pandas fall 4-3 in home opener

Professional baseball returns to North Alabama, Trash Pandas fall 4-3 in home opener

Bob Jones High School

Joshua Lin, Nikhita Mudium named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Madison

Trash Pandas play home opener Tonight

Madison

Rocket City defeated 7-1 in Chattanooga

Business

Trash Pandas Underway

Harvest

Sergeant Major Bobby Lee completed several deployments to Middle East

Madison

Wild comeback leads Trash Pandas to first win

Madison

Emergency Water Outage – Highland Drive

Harvest

Moore performs in ‘Tinker Bell,’ works with models and Sparkman photographers

Madison

School board expected to vote on elementary rezoning plan tonight

Madison

Trash Pandas drop inaugural game 6-1 in Chattanooga

James Clemens High School

Chase Lynn’s work on Heritage Church campus secures his Eagle rank

Madison

Madison County Sheriff’s Office charges man for making school threats

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 5, 2021

Madison

New traffic signal at County Line Road and Old Highway 20 set for activation

x