02 February 2010

Lawmakers, Team Manchin Spar over Health Care Cuts

With Gov. Joe Manchin seeking 5 percent cuts to much of next year's general revenue budget, legislators are questioning some of his resulting targets within the Department of Health and Human Resources, The Associated Press and others report.

"Some programs, like the CARDIAC Project, which aims to reduce heart disease and diabetes, would see budget cuts of 30 percent," writes AP's Tom Breen. "Others, like the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, would close their doors altogether."

"We did make some very difficult decisions," DHHR Secretary Patsy Hardy told the House Finance Committee. "Please know, we recognize these are important programs."

Others with coverage include The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail.

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