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Some concerned over talk of Medicaid changes

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Nearly, 70 million people in our country are enrolled in Medicaid.

A large number of those beneficiaries are disabled or senior citizens.

Kathleen Melnick entered a Loretto care facility after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Medicaid is paying for much of her care, but as the Affordable Care Act replacement works its way through congress, Melnick is concerned Medicaid might not be there for her in the future.

"I try not to think about it too much because I do get upset and it irritates me very much," Melnick said.

There is a worry among many that the final bill will repeal the Medicaid expansion or put a cap on the money given to states for the program.

Kim Townsend, president and CEO of Loretto, said these are outcomes that could leave millions without financial help for medical care.

"It would have the potential to impact even more people in the future as the baby boomer generation begins to require long-term care services,"

Townsend said Loretto will be able to continue to offer services, but said with a rapidly evolving industry and possible changes to Medicaid, some long-term care facilities might not survive.

"I'm more concerned about other, perhaps smaller, providers who might not have all of those services to offer in a new world where Medicaid is paid less and is shrunk in terms of size," Townsend said.

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