Front page of today's NYTimes: Tennessee's health care lottery for the poor.
“At the end of the day, huge numbers of desperately ill people are being left out in the cold,” said Gordon Bonnyman, the executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, an advocacy group for families in need that focuses on access to health care. “And that is a story in every state.”
2500 phone calls in the span of an hour or so, twice a year, for the medically desperate.
Kelly Gunderson, a TennCare spokeswoman, said that the spend-down program had enough money to cover 3,500 people, but that only about 1,000 were enrolled at any given time because the screening process was so complicated. The screeners, she said, must examine medical bills and records, among other duties.
Is it just me or does this article read like a really sick futuristic game-show like The Running Man, only it's real. We are living in a truly dystopian state.
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