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Louisiana Will Eliminate Health Benefits For HIV Patients, Poor Children, And First Time Moms This Week

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Louisiana Will Eliminate Health Benefits For HIV Patients, Poor Children, And First Time Moms This Week

 Last week, Louisiana’s poor and terminally ill residents won a surprising victory when Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced that his state would not stop providing hospice care to its Medicaid beneficiaries. Unfortunately, that’s about the only piece of good news for low-income Louisianans’ health coverage, as the state is still set to implement massive cuts for Medicaid programs that “provide behavioral health services for at-risk children, offer case management visits for low-income HIV patients and pay for at-home visits by nurses who teach poor, first-time mothers how to care for their newborns” this Friday.

While Jindal administration officials argue that the cuts could be mitigated by Medicare and private managed care programs, the reality is that many of these specialty services are simply unavailable — or unaffordable — outside of Medicaid:

Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said he targeted programs that were duplicative, costly and optional under the state’s participation in the state-federal Medicaid program.

Greenstein said in many instances, people can get the care they’re losing through other government-funded programs. But he acknowledged that won’t happen in every case, meaning some people will simply lose the services or receive reduced services. [...]

Jan Moller heads the Louisiana Budget Project, which advocates for low- to moderate-income families. Moller said he’s most distressed by the cut to the Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

The health department is eliminating the portion of the program that offers at-home visits to low-income women who are pregnant with their first child. Registered nurses visit the women early in their pregnancy and until their children’s second birthday, offering advice on preventive health care, diet and nutrition, smoking cessation and other child developmental issues. [...]

“What the Nurse-Family Partnership does goes above and beyond what a good obstetrician does,” Moller said. “It’s really about teaching life-skills to at-risk moms to make them better parents and make them better able to care for their children, and it’s been proven to work.”

Speech therapy programs for low-income children are also on the chopping block. The cuts — as well as Jindal’s proposals to raise taxes on the poor while slashing public education and other health care funding — are meant to plug a midyear budget deficit. But they are more likely to raise health care costs and poverty levels in a state that already ranks among America’s least-insured and poorest locales by pushing people poor people into finding services that they will no longer be able to afford.

While Jindal has spoken at length on the Republican Party’s existential need to stop being “the stupid party,” the “austerity” policies that he has pursued for his state are some of the most regressive in the entire country.


by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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jcrew6
by Jenney on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

They aren't eliminating ALL health benefits for all HIV patients, poor, and first time moms.  They are making cuts to redundant programs.

example:

"For the 250 HIV patients whose case management program is being eliminated, Greenstein said the private managed care networks that cover Louisiana's Medicaid patients offer similar services"

jcrew6
by Jenney on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM


Agree. Home visits to teach first-time mothers how to care for their newborns? Wow. Not something a state can afford to do.  

Quoting Imacakebaker:

 Who needs a nurse to come to their house to tell them how to take care of a baby?  The state is really paying for that?  They can cut that!!  Its a total waste of money.

What is behavioral health services?  A program for bratty out of control kids?

They aren't cutting actual health care for poor children/residents, just some of the crazy programs. 

Where is this "story" from?  I am betting its from a liberal site.

 



jcrew6
by Jenney on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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Agree.  The title is a lie.  But, given the source~ are we surprised? 


Quoting SallyMJ:

Please clarify your erroneous title - Louisiana is reducing CERTAIN benefits, not ELIMINATINGl health care benefits for these people. 

ALL states are struggling with this. We need to structurally reform all our entitlements - primarily Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. We don't have enough money, and there is a lot of waste in these programs.

Obama doesn't want to do fix these programs - in a sense says these are untouchable - even though these are the biggest programs of all and the cost is escalating out of control.

There is not enough money to keep doing things the way they are - plus the programs will go bankrupt.

Maybe if Obama worked in a bipartisan manner with Congress and agreed to reform entitlements, instead of publicly denigrating them and saying he will not let Congress revise the programs - our elected leaders could actually get some work done for the American people instead of pointing fingers at each other.

Uh-oh. Pointing fingers - Looks like a gun - That's going to get them all suspended for two days.



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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Well, we just point out her fallacies, and maybe some of the logic will trickle down to her and others. I'm not holding my breath, but anything is possible. A number of the strongest, most articulate conservatives were once strident liberals.

For the most part, it seems to me that liberal positions are primarily based on emotions - often very honorable feelings. Conservative positions, on the other hand, while including emotions, are primarily based on facts and logic.

I try to use logic and facts to make my work decisions and most of my important personal decisions - even though I am innately more of an emotional person. It takes effort, since it is not my natural way of thinking, and I make mistakes - but it can definitely be learned.

Quoting jcrew6:

Agree.  The title is a lie.  But, given the source~ are we surprised? 


Quoting SallyMJ:

Please clarify your erroneous title - Louisiana is reducing CERTAIN benefits, not ELIMINATINGl health care benefits for these people. 

ALL states are struggling with this. We need to structurally reform all our entitlements - primarily Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. We don't have enough money, and there is a lot of waste in these programs.

Obama doesn't want to do fix these programs - in a sense says these are untouchable - even though these are the biggest programs of all and the cost is escalating out of control.

There is not enough money to keep doing things the way they are - plus the programs will go bankrupt.

Maybe if Obama worked in a bipartisan manner with Congress and agreed to reform entitlements, instead of publicly denigrating them and saying he will not let Congress revise the programs - our elected leaders could actually get some work done for the American people instead of pointing fingers at each other.

Uh-oh. Pointing fingers - Looks like a gun - That's going to get them all suspended for two days.





sugarsmom2
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

well i can see where a first time mom that has not had any younger sisters or brothers and has had no interaction with any babies could need to have some sort of lessons on how to take care of baby. it is not something that you instantly know just because you have a baby . . we all had to learn some way . I had younger brother and sister  babysit for younger cousins and neighbors ,.there are some that need specila  needs that  need help with their children .

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