From suing against “Obamacare” and the right for everyone to have access to preventative healthcare, to cutting state budgets by reducing healthcare funds to the poorest of the residents, conservatives have made healthcare a number one issue — in their case, often the reduction or elimination of it.
Let’s see how that’s working out.
Via Public News Service, in Wisconsin a program meant to help identify women with cancer is going broke:
The Wisconsin Well Woman Program, part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, provides screening exams for low-income and uninsured women.
It’s critical to the health of Wisconsin’s women, says Allison Miller of the American Cancer Society in Wisconsin.
“The program is incredibly important, in that women who otherwise would not be able to afford getting that early, potentially life-saving screening, can do so through the program.”
Miller says the program could use more money, to save more lives.
“The Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program only has enough funding to screen about one out of every five women. So of all the women that are eligible, we’re only reaching one of five because the program is so dramatically underfunded.”
Washington is announcing the state may run out of money to assist people with their prescription medications. Kaiser Health reports:
Some 500,000 Washington adults whose prescriptions are covered by Medicaid could soon lose that benefit unless lawmakers provide special funding when they reconvene in January. Medicaid’s adult drug program, which provides medication to the state’s poorest individuals through a combination of state and federal funding, will be eliminated in March if the Legislature can’t come up with $40 million before Feb. 1, according to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Washington would be the only state to eliminate the program”
Arizona will be losing the ability to be reimbursed for annual wellness exams for women. Public News Service reports:
Routine annual well-woman exams for 400,000 low-income Arizona women are no longer covered by the state’s Medicaid program. It’s the result of AHCCCS budget cuts imposed Oct. 1 by the legislature.
Bryan Howard, CEO of Planned Parenthood says AHCCCS is effectively blocked from providing prevention services that would otherwise be covered.
“Go ahead and cover the pap smear, go ahead and do any tests for other infections, and go ahead and dispense the birth control, and you can reimburse for all of that. But you cannot reimburse for the exam where that gets done.”
Howard says a typical well-woman exam costs around $120, making it unaffordable for most AHCCCS recipients, who live on less than $1,000 a month.
Without the annual exams, Howard predicts that the eventual cost to taxpayers will be much higher, whether it’s for prenatal care and delivery of a baby a woman would have preferred to postpone, or dealing with a life-threatening disease.
And it’s not just health clinics being affected, but groups that assist women who have been victims of sexual or domestic assault. According to Top News, in Monroe County, PA, a domestic abuse and sexual assault group may end up going under water.
Spokesperson of a restricted women’s foundation group expressed on Friday that they were stunned to find out that their financial support had been slashed even while October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
According to Jennifer Grube, the executive director of Women’s Resources of Monroe County, that offers aid to fatalities of sexual assault and domestic violence; it’s only in fact tough to consider.
Grube further added that the federal government slashed finances to the non-profit by $43,000, approximately 4 percent of the group’s annual financial plan. He also said that the need of money might influence the phase of concern that the center provides.
How very fiscally responsible of everyone.
Mini Roundup: Access to abortion may be becoming slightly less difficult in Utah. The University of Utah is now offering a national program to train physicians on contraception and abortion, and Planned Parenthood of Utah is now offering first trimester abortions in the state.
October 18, 2010
- More Money Needed for ‘Wisconsin Well Woman’ Program – Public News Service
- No place for homophobia in schools – Edmonton Journal
- One-child policy cut population growth, but China now beginning to worry – Jamaica Observer
- Does California’s porn industry have an HIV crisis? – California Watch (blog)
- “Not possible to be a practicing Catholic” – California Catholic Daily
- Cardinal willing to be jailed over reproductive health bill – Catholic Culture
- Women’s issues – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
- Rape victims deem Buck’s support of abortion ban ‘appalling’ – The Colorado Independent
- Lessons from Chile miners’ ordeal for maternal mortality – Daily Monitor
- Cedarburg’s opt-in sexual education causes controversy – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Pregnant mom escapes domestic violence – Times Record News
- THE LOST ART OF CRITICAL THINKING – NewsWithViews.com
- Future Genetic Tests May Predict Early Menopause – CalorieLab Calorie Counter News
- Dial ‘S’ for sex advice – Mid-Day
- Freshman Dahlkemper trails Butler Republican – Tribune Review
- Governor’s 2010: Views on abortion – Lewiston Sun Journal
October 17, 2010
- Health resource hot line can help cut costs for hospitals – Ocala
- Commissioner backs abortion clinic exclusion zone – ABC Online
- Santorum to speak at Tennessee Right to Life banquet – Knoxville News Sentinel
- Birth Control as Preventive Medicine? – KTUL
- There’s an election in California, but will the Democratic voters show up? – San Jose Mercury News
- Eight virus types cause almost all cervical cancer – Reuters
- Why science should shape morality – Salon
- Abortion a necessary option – advocate – TVNZ
- STDs Eradicated on Campus and Birth Control for Entire Student Body – The Daily Princetonian (blog)
- Abortion case proves need for law change – Sydney Morning Herald
- Maribyrnong women shun a test that saves lives – Leader News
- Planned Parenthood Pushes For Universal Birth Control As Coalition Fights … – Philadelphia Bulletin
- Andrew Cuomo Plays Abortion Card In “Carl’s New York” Ad » – New York Daily News (blog)
- Rick Scott deflects questions about fraud during leadership of beleaguered … – Palm Beach Post
- US parties try to play down social issues, but gay marriage debate flares in … – The Canadian Press
- Cruz lament: Where has Catholic voice gone? – Malaya
- How Tea Partiers Get the Constitution Wrong – Newsweek
- Monroe County women’s aids funds slashes – TopNews United States
- More than 100 women take advantage of cancer screenings – Bluefield Daily Telegraph
- A win for women’s reproductive rights – Green Left Weekly
- Where Michigan Congress hopefuls stand on 4 issues – NECN
- Call for women’s rights in Papua New Guinea getting louder than ever – Scoop.co.nz (press release)
- Gubernatorial candidates on Oregon’s defining issues – The Register-Guard
- Sex ed is a must – The Province
- Florence school program gives students glimpse of parenthood – South Carolina Now
- Rise of in vitro offspring raises issues if parent dies – Press Herald
October 16, 2010
- Utah gains 4th abortion provider – NECN
- State AG Candidates Spar Over Issue Of Abortion – NY1
- McMahon, Blumenthal offer views on domestic issues – Ct Post
- The enigma of Endometriosis – Deccan Chronicle
- WATCH: Gov. Perry makes a complete fool of himself trying to defend abstinence … – Dallas Voice
- WPC’s participants call for ‘visible, transparent’ global governance – Maghreb Arabe Presse
- It is our attitude which must undergo a change and not marriage – bishops – Times of Malta
- Abortions down in Richland, up in Crawford Co. – Mansfield News Journal
- SIERRA LEONE Unfulfilled Promise of Free Maternal Health Care for Mothers – Inter Press Service
- Savage brothers talk frankly about sex education – Chicago Tribune
- Health Board considers creating Facebook page tackling sex education and STDs – LubbockOnline.com
- Hodes is pro-choice – Concord Monitor
- Bill seeks to codify Hyde Amendment, end private insurance coverage – Workers World
- New Abortion Law in Effect Friday – NTV
October 15, 2010
- Scott Won’t Support Bill Banning Abortion – The Ledger
- Abortion access and training expands in Utah – Salt Lake Tribune
- DC Delegate Candidate To Run Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads – MyFox Washington DC
- Dan Webster denies US Rep. Alan Grayson’s claim he is religious extremist – Orlando Sentinel
- This brew just can’t last – Los Angeles Times
- Rousseff’s Position on Abortion May Cost Her Brazil’s Presidency – Brazzil Magazine
- Reaping from child spacing – Daily Monitor
- NRLC Calls Driehaus a “Wimp” for Trying to Silence Pro-Life Group – The Weekly Standard (blog)
- Pro-Life GOPer Ken Buck Taking Heat On Abortion Views — From Pro-Lifers – TPMDC
- Reform push over backyard abortion fears – Cairns Post
- Ohio abortions fall to another all-time low – WKYC-TV
- Maternal health – Vancouver Courier
- Changing Lives Through Comprehensive Sexuality Education – Times of Swaziland
- Science Sees HIV Protein’s ‘Dance’ – Softpedia
- RP defends half-billion dollar handouts to poor – ABS CBN News
- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day raises concerns about funding – Examiner.com
- African women church leaders from Eastern and Southern Africa meet to tackle – The Southern Times