Doctor fighting health cuts

Published 11:46 am Monday, April 7, 2008

By By Kerry Whipple Bean – publisher
Just two weeks ago, Brewton pediatrician Dr. Marsha Raulerson diagnosed a liver tumor in a four-month-old baby.
The child will be receiving care thanks to Medicaid services - services whose funding could be cut under regulations proposed by the Bush administration, Raulerson testified Thursday before a U.S. House committee that is considering a bill to block the cuts.
Raulerson, who has practiced pediatrics for 27 years in Brewton, spoke on behalf of the 60,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics, which is seeking passage of a bipartisan House bill to protect Medicaid funding.
The Bush administration has proposed regulations would cut Medicaid funding to the states by an estimated $50 billion over the next five years. According to AAP, services that could be cut include: