A recent article in the New York Times had me queasily humming the famous Bob Dylan tune "Blowing in the Wind." It seems that Maine Governor Paul R. LePage was looking for ways to save revenue by eliminating Medicaid coverage for close to 15,000 parents with incomes between the federal poverty level ($23,050 for a family of four last year) and 133 percent of that level ($30,657 for a family of four). He also wanted to end coverage for more than 6,000 19- and 20-year-olds.
This is a chilling reminder that a number of Network faithful fit in either or both of these categories. Now, LePage was not successful with making cuts at these levels but he was granted permission in a separate plan to end Medicaid coverage for parents above the 133% poverty level. Don't be surprised if we see more efforts like this in the coming months. Keep focused Network faithful; we are in for a bumpy ride. Read the New York Times article here.
And we would be remiss if we did not include Mr. Dylan singing his famous song.