EQCA Silent on Medi-Cal,
SSI Cuts to Low-Income Gays
Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration sent me a letter stating my monthly SSI payment was being reduced by 15 percent. The letter said: Your SSI consists of money from the State of California. Your State changed the amount of money it tells us to pay its residents. Therefore, we will decrease your State payment for July 2011 ... and your regular monthly check [will be reduced] ...
Every other person with AIDS or disabled or senior gay person in California receiving SSI benefits received a similar letter, informing them of this decrease. By the way, according to the Associated Press, there has not been a cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries since January 2009.
Today's front page of the SF Chronicle, in a story penned by Victoria Colliver, reports that the state budget will have a serious impact on health care services for low-income residents:
The California budget approved Tuesday includes a number of cuts to the state Medi-Cal health program for the poor. They include:
Co-payments: New $5 co-payments for doctor visits and $3 co-payments for prescriptions.
Visit limits: A limit of seven physician visits a year, unless additional visits are certified by a doctor as medically necessary.
Hospital visits: $50 co-payments for emergency room visits and $100 for admission to a hospital (to a maximum of $200). ...