An extremely damaging health care cut was overlooked in coverage of the House budget release - "House Dems outline plan to solve $5.1B state budget shortfall."
The budget includes a massive cut to community health center payments, which could threaten their very existence. So even though Basic Health Plan and Disability Lifeline were spared because they “serve as a bridge to national health reform in January 2014,” this deep cut to health center payments would wipe out the foundation of that bridge.
Health centers are the primary care system where the uninsured, people on Medicaid, Basic Health and Disability Lifeline receive their care. This is the same system that would be expected to provide much of the care for 400,000 more low-income Washingtonians who’ll have new coverage in 2014 through federal reform.
If clinics are forced to close because of these rate cuts, far fewer people will be getting care now or in the future. The Senate must not overlook this miscalculation.