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  •  When I started working at my child advocacy (2+ / 0-)
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    JVolvo, unfangus

    group more than 20 years ago, I had to immediately swing into action against a big attempt to block grant Medicaid.
    It's like the Terminator -- block granting Medicaid just keeps coming back.
    Right wingers pretend that programs like Medicaid are for the lazy and undeserving. However, the biggest expenditures for Medicaid are for the elderly and the disabled. Block granting Medicaid would put at risk the health care of the most vulnerable people in our community.
    Do people really want to see low income elderly thrown out of nursing homes and into the street (or not getting the in-home care they need)? Medicaid pays for the nursing home care and the medical care of low-income elderly. Without Medicaid, struggling families would all of a sudden have the extra financial burden of providing care for their elderly relatives.
    Poor children are about half of the enrollees in Medicaid but are only about 25% of the expenditures. At the time I worked on Medicaid issues, I did some estimates of costs and the average spent per child was far less than premium costs for private insurance even though Medicaid covers a higher proportion of children with disabilities.
    Medicaid is far from perfect -- it is state controlled for the most part and many states set such low fees for providers that it is hard to find doctors who accept Medicaid. But Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of people who would be unable to get health care without it.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 09:04:23 AM PDT

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