Heather R trustingnow@hotmail.com
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>From: "William Charles Tinker" <wtinker@verizon.net>
>To: <hpn@lists.is.asu.edu>
>Subject: [Hpn] Harmful to the poor
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:56:15 -0500
>Harmful to the poor
>March 23, 2006
>As the result of the new deficit reduction act, many of our elderly will
>suffer serious harm. This act requires people with very low income to pay
>more for their care. If they cannot, it will allow care to be denied
>Increased cost-sharing and premiums will be difficult for people on
>Medicaid, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions that require
>many prescriptions.
>Few oppose closing loopholes that permit some people to improperly qualify
>for Medicaid, but this act went far beyond loopholes. With a new look-back
>of five years for asset transfer, the act could cause innocent people with
>good intentions in giving to churches, hurricane victims and charities - 
>even helping a grandchild with college costs - to be penalized by denying
>help with nursing home costs when they need it the most.
>Under these new rules, some individuals could be forced to sell their homes
>or family farms to get needed nursing home or other long-term care. Most
>seniors want care in their homes. They should not be forced to sell their
>homes to get care. This is not shared sacrifice to reach budgetary savings.
>During this year's congressional election campaigns, incumbents will hear
>the question loud and clear: "How did you vote on budget matters affecting
>our most vulnerable citizens?"
>South Sutton NH
>To write letters to editor: letters@cmonitor.com
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