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Ministry Health Care cutting more than 200 jobs

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It’s been almost three months since the automatic federal spending cuts took effect – and government jobs are not the only ones being dropped anymore.

Ministry Health Care said Tuesday that it would cut about 225 to 250 full-time equivalent employees at its 15 hospitals and 47 clinics in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

The company said the federal sequester reduced its Medicare revenues by $10 million. And as deductibles rise for health insurance, people are making fewer visits to doctors and outpatient facilities.

Spokesman Geoffrey Huys said Ministry hopes to achieve the employment cuts through resignations as well as layoffs. He said the process is in the beginning stages, and he could not say what types of jobs would be cut or when they would take effect.

Steve Brenton of the Wisconsin Hospital Association says the federal sequester has dropped Medicare payments by 2 percent – and the total reduction is about $100 million at hospitals statewide.