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The poor less and less
California lawmakers improperly stopped funding certain medical services that rural and other specialized health clinics provided to low-income residents under the state’s Medicaid program, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the finding of a trial judge and said federal law requires states participating in Medicaid to reimburse clinics serving migrant workers, homeless people and other poor populations for “a panoply of medical services to under-served communities” that includes chiropractic care, dental care, optometry, podiatry and speech therapy.
To save money, the Legislature in 2009 eliminated coverage for adults receiving those services through the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, saying they were optional because they were not provided by medical doctors.The great and powerful rich, propaganda and advertising, that they even convinced lots of poor people that they were right and persuaded them to voluntarily give up some of the few things they had to make them even poorer and the rich even richer, so the rich could have more and more and the poor less and less.
Ted Rudow III, MA