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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Louisiana Healthcare Policy - NOT

New Orleans City Council rejects healthcare discrimination - See it on YouTube!

On December 18, 2008, the New Orleans City Council unanimously rejected Louisiana healthcare policy which discriminates against elderly and disabled poor people in New Orleans and elsewhere.

See how Louisiana healthcare policy:
- decreases healthcare access and increases disparities in health care,
- disproportionately harms elderly African Americans, as well as the mentally & physically disabled,
- makes it illegal for poor Medicare beneficiaries to receive the same benefits as wealthy beneficiaries, even though everyone paid taxes and purchased the same Medicare benefits.
- heightens New Orleans mental health crisis.
- causes a doctor drain out of poor neighborhoods.
- penalizes Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes more than 60 other parishes.
- harms 108,000 elderly and disabled people in Louisiana and 5 million people across the United States.

National Coalition for Dually Eligible People
Sheldon Hersh, MD, President

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