Update: Stop Bush from Closing Our Public Hospitals

The Bush Administration has published a list of twelve proposed Medicaid Rules changes which will cut at least $15 billion over five years from our public health budget. If the rules changes go into effect in March and May as scheduled, they will result in closures or scaling back of Emergency Rooms, outpatient clinics, teaching hospitals, school based clinics, public hospitals, services to the disabled and case management. I have previously diaried the rules changes in detail.

New Mexico Congressman Tom Udall is attempting to slip a blanket moratorium on all rules changes into the Iraq War Supplemental Funding Budget. The moratorium will prevent Bush from imposing any cuts administratively to Medicaid throughout the remainder of his presidency.

You can help by contacting Representative John Murtha (D-PA) http://www.murtha.house.gov/ or (202) 225-2065 and asking him to support inclusion of a moratorium on any new Medicaid Rules. The proposed rules, which cut services for the disabled, will make it more difficult for disabled veterans to access rehabilitation services.

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