ATLANTA (AP) - Grady Memorial Hospital officials fear that some programs for the mentally ill and poor people could be devastated if Fulton County cuts $25 million in funding next year. The hospital already faces steep federal and state budget cuts. Officials say that altogether, the reductions could cost Grady nearly $100 million in funding to care for Atlanta's poor and uninsured.
Grady CEO John Haupert tells sources that the funding loss could result in job cuts, neighborhood clinics closing, increased co-pays, and limited access to specialty care. The county's proposed 2014 budget is to be presented to commissioners Wednesday. Commission Chairman John Eaves said he hopes to restore Grady's funding before a final 2014 budget is approved in January. He's proposed a new property tax dedicated to the hospital.