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State budget cuts Medicaid funding from ECU

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The governor's signature is all that stands between a new budget and a government shutdown.

A piece of it could keep the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine from getting money it needs. Wording in the proposal inadvertently causes ECU and other universities to lose extra Medicaid funding.

ECU sees a high volume of Medicaid patients and because of that they get extra funding on top of the general Medicaid allotment.

Representative Brian Brown of Pitt County didn't vote for the budget specifically because of this issue..

"It's something that if we would not have received the university medical school would have actually not be solvent in previous years which deeply hurt our mission here in eastern North Carolina is to provide positive healthcare in our rural communities," said Rep. Brown.

ECU representatives say they're watching the budget closely and will evaluate the situation once this legislative session is over.

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