Hospital, mental health cuts restored

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Senior legislative budget writers agreed to restore cuts to health care, including a boost for a program for the mentally disabled.

House and Senate budget negotiators also decided Thursday afternoon to change the schedule for remitting retail sales-tax collections.

Their accord on so-called mental retardation waivers was a breakthrough in stalled talks on final adjustments on the $77 billion state budget.

The waivers fund community-based care for Virginians with mental disabilities instead of confinement in a state institution.

Not only did the conferees restore 200 waivers that would have been cut, they added 200 more.

Other agreements restore Medicaid cuts to nursing homes and hospitals that care for the elderly, needy and disabled.

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