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6-21-04 Georgia Can Look Bad In Medicaid Crisis

There needs to be some policy changes but the ones currently proposed by the State will not be accepted by the citizens of Georgia.  Over the next several months, elected State Officials will learn that lesson in a dramatic way.

AVOC

 

June 20, 2004

 

Medicaid Funding in Georgia is Political Minefield

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

It is obvious that medical costs are becoming unmanageable for many citizens and insurers.  Much of the problem is dealt with by Insurers, and now the State, by cutting out coverage.

 

However, what will nursing homes do with patients who have no family and never have visitors?   Watch for many teary, emotional television and newspaper articles.   Why is it necessary to lose all interest in the family home, family farm or family business to be able to have medical coverage?   Why do we have to require many of our longtime taxpaying citizens to become indigent and paupers in order to receive  medical treatment  or nursing care in Georgia?

 

There need to be some policy changes but the ones currently proposed by the State will not be accepted by the citizens of Georgia.  Over the next several months, elected State Officials will learn that lesson in a dramatic way.


The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer

         http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/enquirer/news/opinion/8966624.htm

 

 

June 20, 2004                               LETTERS

 

Harsh judgment on Georgia

I think someone once said that a society will be judged by the way it cares for its elderly and its children. Well, the Georgia legislature has sure got some explaining to do.

It goes beyond anything I can comprehend how they can cut these elderly people out of the assistance that they need. The group being targeted are the ones who cost the state the least money. They have pretty sizable incomes, so the burden of Medicaid toward their nursing home stay is less than many, many others. When I read that this was a "very difficult decision" I have to chuckle. The difficult decision would have been for the senators and representatives to cut their personal budgets and expenses. Whoa! There's an idea.

When a person sets money aside for the "golden years," it doesn't take long to use that money up in a nursing home stay. People in the first stages of Alzheimer's can use all of their money long before the disease takes them; a lot of times an Alzheimer's patient is physically well.

Now they have used their funds and have to rely on state assistance at a time when they are moving into the more devastating stages of the disease. But because they have worked a long time and are drawing a good retirement, they face not having any help at a time when they absolutely cannot help themselves.

Somehow, some way, our state government has to re-think this. Or maybe I should just say "think this." It is obvious that not a lot of thought has been done up to this point.

This cannot be allowed to happen. If any senator or representative is reading this, please let's look at this again.

KAY ERICKSON, Richland

 


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