As the New York Times reports, the federal stimulus money that helped States pay for Medicaid during the recession, when so many people were added to the Medicaid rolls, is about to dry up. The feds surely aren't going to pump more money into the system; all they talk about these days is deficit reduction. So what will States do? Cut. Who will it hurt? The poor and the elderly in nursing homes. In other words, people who don't vote.
As if it were not bad enough that sick people are struggling; even those with insurance have intolerable deductibles and copays, so much that people are skipping doctor visits, tests and medication. As if it were not bad enough that people with pre-existing conditions still have very few options for getting insurance that covers their illness. Now, the States will clamp down on Medicaid.
People will suffer. Where are our priorities? Jennifer