Raising Women’s Voices

Balancing the Budget: WA State to cut 7,700 low-income people from Basic Health Plan

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on December 5, 2008

In the third cut to the state Health Care Authority’s budget this year, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has announced a plan to reduce the 105,000 low-income people on the Basic Health Plan by 7,700 in the next seven months to save the state $6.7 million in 2009.

‘”We obviously appreciate the magnitude of the problem the state is facing, but feel very strongly that cutting basic health during a recession is exactly the wrong direction,” said Rebecca Kavoussi, of the Community Health Network of Washington.’

While it is evident that these are dire measures in a time of economic crisis and the need for thrifty spending, how much do the local, state and federal governments actually stand to gain – or lose – from cuts in health coverage?  Isn’t it more expensive in the long-run to have a population who hasn’t had access to preventative care, and will consequently incur larger bills for catastrophic hospital care somewhere down the road?  And aren’t our citizens sicker if that is in fact the way we choose to do things?

Learn more about the economic and social Cost of Doing Nothing — not to mention of taking a step backward — at New America Foundation.

And see the original article here.

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