Thursday, January 06, 2011

Death by Budget Cuts: Arizona Governor Slashes Funding for Transplant Program


For transplant patients in Arizona, the warnings about death panels and health care rationing have come true, but they have nothing to do with health care reform. Instead, a Republican Governor and her allies are standing in the way of patient care, declining requests to reinstate funding for a critical, life-saving program.
Facing state budget problems, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer slashed funding for the state's Medicaid program that covered organ transplants. As a result some patients that were covered by the state and waiting for a transplant were cut from the program effective October 1st, leading to what some doctors are calling "death by budget cuts."
The $1.4 million cut has had a dramatic impact on the lives of the patients and their families, but it could've been avoided. According to the Sentinel, projects that were funded include a $20 million renovation to a roof of the Arizone Veterans Memorial Coliseum and a $2 million grant for algae research.
Budget cuts have to come from somewhere, but cutting funding from a program that is integral in saving lives and preventing death? Tell Governor Brewer that her cuts to the transplant program were unconscionable and that she should immediately reinstate the $1.4 million in funding.

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