The Ohio Department of Health said because it's getting less from Washington, it will have to make cuts to programs that directly affect people in our area.
Now that there are fewer federal dollars, programs like newborn health screenings may have to get by with less or end completely.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said if the Federal Government makes an across the board, 8 percent budget cut... "it could be up to a half a million dollars in our agency," said Larry Vasko, deputy health commissioner. "A half of a million dollars in our agency is a lot of money."
Lucas County has already cut $140,000 to programs that people rely on in our community.
"Unfortunately, it really hits the people who need the services the most," Vasko said. "People who a lot of times are hard working people and are now unemployed and are down in their luck and need this stuff and they are taking it away. Our disadvantaged population. Our women our seniors."
The State Health Department relies on the Federal Government to fund about 70-percent of its budget.
With fewer federal dollars coming in, the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, could lose thousands.
"It's going away," Vasko said. "A large portion of it is going away. Immunizations, we immunize a lot of kids in the community for measles, mumps rubella, things we take for granted it's being cut back."
Pregnancy and tobacco prevention programs could also be impacted.
Toledo health officials said the agency itself won't see personnel cuts, but... "it's hitting us hard. I'm not worried about the agency per say, I'm worried about the affects in the community. We're going to feel it."
Vasko said on Thursday there was a conference call with State Public Health officials.
They're urging Washington to let them know when additional cuts will happen and which programs that will be affected.
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