New budget cuts surprise groups providing services to Iowans with disabilities, diseases | Government and Politics

Health care providers and not-for-profits across the state are scrambling to carry out even tighter budgets come July 1 after the Iowa Department of Public Health notified them this week that it is making an additional $1.3 million in cuts.

The cuts come after the state’s public health department’s general fund budget was already reduced by more than 13 percent during the 2017 legislative session, to $51.3 million.

The move comes as a shock to the organizations, who provide what they believe are necessary services for disabled and sick Iowans, as well as to the legislators who toiled over the budget.

“This reduction will be particularly difficult for us and our local and state partners who provide critical services protecting the health of…

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