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State cuts set to hit vulnerable patients

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This article makes me so mad.  Who decides what is the cut-off amount of income to be eligible for assistance?  The law makers who decide these things seem to have no connection to the very real life and struggles of their constituency anymore.  They do not have to worry about such mundane things as prescriptions and paying for medical services because they have the very best insurance in the world.  They don’t have to worry about bills or being below poverty level because they make more each month than the minimum for a family to live on.

When federal cuts need to be made, I never hear about cutting salaries and benefits of our elected representatives, do you?

This article tells the struggle of so many of the patients I deal with daily.  How can we expect to help our sick and our disturbed people when we cut off all avenues to getting them the help they need?

Please read this entire article and leave comments at the source.  You can leave me a comment, too, if you feel like it.  I love to hear from you.

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Mentally ill fearful about losing drugs

by Casey Newton – Jun. 28, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/06/28/20100628arizona-budget-cuts-health-mental.html#ixzz0sC5warfc

Each day, Deborah Ferry takes a tablet from her dwindling supply of antipsychotic medicine, grateful for another day without hallucinations or thoughts of suicide.

She has enough Seroquel to last her through mid-July. But as a result of state budget cuts, the Sun Lakes resident will no longer have access to the medication from the state.

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// Ferry is one of more than 12,000 adults with mental illnesses who do not qualify for Medicaid and will lose access to brand-name drugs, case managers, therapists, hospital care and transportation to their appointments when the cuts take effect Thursday.

The move also affects more than 2,000 children.

To be eligible for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program, a person must be below the federal poverty level, earning less than $10,830 as an individual, or $22,050 as a family of four.

People who are part of AHCCCS are unaffected by the change. The federal government pays most of the medical bills for AHCCCS members.

But between her Social Security and her husband’s maintenance job, Ferry makes too much to qualify for AHCCCS. And she doesn’t make nearly enough to pay for a month’s supply of Seroquel: $1,003…[…]

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/06/28/20100628arizona-budget-cuts-health-mental.html#ixzz0sC65J5YD
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