SC health, welfare cuts about to go into effect

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's Medicaid agency will back away from plans to halt adult hospice services and cuts in home-delivered meals but will still eliminate a third of its adult home health care visits and scrap adult dental and vision services to deal with a $228 million budget deficit.

The program cuts announced Monday will save the agency around $7 million a year.

That includes limiting intensive speech and language therapy for children to no more than 75 visits a year.

The state Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released a final proposal to trim that deficit.

The agency is asking the state's financial oversight board to allow it to run a deficit that would be covered by state surpluses. That proposal is up for approval next week.

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