Doctors Say Budget Fix Needed For State's Ailing Health Care

Denver (AP) A group of Colorado doctors and nurses are joining those pushing for voters to approve Referenda C and D on the November first ballot. Supporters of the measures, including the Colorado Medical Society, say that the state hasn't had enough money to pay for mental health care, services for the disabled or for the education of doctors and nurses.

Governor Owens' budget staff says the state will have to make deep cuts if voters don't approve C and D. They include cutting a program to provide artificial limbs to people without insurance as well as helping pay for burials.

House Minority Leader Joe Stengel says the doctors are playing on voters' fears and artificial limbs will not be on the list of proposed cuts if C and D don't pass.

He says the state needs to overhaul its Medicaid program instead.

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