Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Think Progress » In Proclaiming Child Health Day, Jan Brewer Ignores Every Budget Cut She Made To Child Health Programs

Think Progress » In Proclaiming Child Health Day, Jan Brewer Ignores Every Budget Cut She Made To Child Health Programs

Children’s advocates, however, had one word for Brewer’s proclamation: “ironic.” In touting her devotion to “the health and well-being of our children,” it seems Brewer failed to mention that the agenda she “spearheaded” directly undermines their health and well-being:

During the past two fiscal years, however, Brewer has agreed to cut more than $72 million from government-funded children’s health services. The cuts were part of $2.1 billion in state budget reductions that were focused primarily on health care, education and human services.

Brewer also spearheaded legislation to eliminate the state Medicaid program known as KidsCare, though the federal health care law required the Legislature to reverse the decision. Yet Brewer imposed an enrollment freeze in January that has lowered the number of children receiving health care coverage to about 27,000 from 47,000.

Brewer also proposed the elimination of the Early Childhood Development and Health Board and redirecting its money into the state’s general fund. The proposal became a ballot measure, and voters will decide the issue in November’s election.

Brewer also wants voters to approve Proposition 302, a bill “that would kill the First Things First program designed to improve early childhood health and development.”

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