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States Face Worsening Recession with Health Care Funds on the Chopping Block
First published in his blog Unsilent Generation yesterday, 2 February 2010
The crimp in funds is forcing cutbacks in basic social services like health care in certain states, reported here.
For many people, the constant flow of news about the end of the recession and rebound of the economy, along with the President’s pledge to create new jobs through drizzle-down tax cut economics, seems like a bad joke. Not only are jobs not coming back, but the states, which supply the basic safety net in hard times, are cutting back their budgets. Within those budgets low income people, who are searching for jobs while living day to day on unemployment and perhaps food stamps, also face growing health care problems.
In a recent report the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Washington, DC-based think tank which tracks social programs, wrote:
The crimp in funds is forcing cutbacks in basic social services like health care in certain states. Kaiser Health News in conjunction with USA Today, has run down some of these states:
States facing serious problems, according to this article, include:
Washington: Basic Health — the first state-subsidized program of its kind when it began more than two decades ago — will fold by July unless lawmakers find $160 million in new revenue. About 300 people a day are added to its waiting list.
Tennessee: CoverTN , which subsidizes insurance for workers at certain small businesses and for adults earning less than $55,000 a year, halted new enrollment in December.
Connecticut: Charter Oak , which offers residents insurance for $93 to $296 a month on an income-based sliding scale, must freeze enrollment this year, Republican Gov. Jodi Rell says, unless lawmakers find more money.
Pennsylvania: The state’s adultBasic will double fees for doctor visits in March to $10-$20 and add a $1,000 maximum annual charge for hospital care. The wait list more than doubled in 2009, from 165,318 to 353,301.
Minnesota: The General Assistance Medical Care program, which covers adults earning less than $8,000 a year, will end in March unless lawmakers find an alternative.
Born in 1936, James Ridgeway has been reporting on politics for more than 45 years. He is currently Senior Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, and recently wrote a blog on the 2008 presidential election for the Guardian online. He previously served as Washington Correspondent for the Village Voice; wrote for Ramparts and The New Republic; and founded and edited two independent newsletters, Hard Times and The Elements.
Ridgeway is the author of 16 books, including The Five Unanswered Questions About 9/11, It’s All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources, and Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture. He co-directed a companion film to Blood in the Face and a second documentary film, Feed, and has co-produced web videos for GuardianFilms.
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