Thursday, January 6, 2011

Arizona, now has blood on it's hands

2nd transplant candidate dies in Arizona - UPI.com

TUCSON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A transplant candidate, pulled from a waiting list because Arizona enacted sweeping budget cuts, has died, probably due to the cutbacks, a hospital said.

The unidentified University Medical Center patient in Tucson had hepatitis C and was waiting for a liver transplant, but was taken off the list Oct. 1 when state lawmakers cut Medicaid benefits to 1.3 million adults to help balance the budget.

Cut services include certain liver, bone-marrow, heart, lung and pancreas transplants, as well as annual physicals, podiatry, insulin pumps and emergency dental care.

Savings are projected to be $5.3 million this year, officials said, but the state will lose about $20 million in matching federal funds.

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