THIS IS WHAT CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS ARE DISMANTLING ALL WHILE PRETENDING REPUBLICANS MADE THEM DO IT!
Have you noticed that Obama and Clinton neo-liberals are adding all kinds of special funding for children and the poor as they dismantle all of the War on Poverty with the health protections as well. So, they send money for dentists and we find it all goes to private national dentistry chains that are then found filled with fraud and abuse. Then they create mobile units that supposedly visit schools instead of having a nurse in each school and access to local hospitals. These mobile units do not have the capacity to see everyone and they are filled with people less trained than if these children simply went to a public clinic. But, O'Malley was able to spend money on mobile vehicles----he was able to pretend to meet the Constitutional laws surrounding Medicaid when in fact they are not and he opens yet another channel of systemic fraud by privatizing the entire child health system to national health business chains. That is what Maryland's health reform has been about these several years......dismantling health regulations that would not allow this lower level of care. This system of care being developed for Medicaid -----and remember most people will fall on this plan as corporations stop health plans, veterans are moved to Medicaid as well as public employees and seniors no longer getting the Federally required level of care with global pooling of funds-----is modeled on third world health care developed over decades in working in Africa and Asia.
THEY ARE BRINGING THIRD WORLD CLINIC CARE TO THE US AS THE STANDARD FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID.
The War on Poverty and New Deal lifted the quality of life for hundreds of millions of Americans and most of those lifted were women and children. Reagan/Clinton and now Bus/Obama spent all their efforts dismantling these programs. Neo-liberalism means small government and no public subsidy-----it means working to maximize profits with no thought of public interest so when we allow Clinton neo-liberals to win primary elections at all levels of government we get extreme poverty and desperate health conditions. Republicans didn't make them do it----they did it because that is what Wall Street Clinton neo-liberals do.
Below you see how Maryland centralized yet another public agency into an appointed commission that then has appointments who outsource and privatize all that is public with no public input on policy. They create the conditions for massive fraud in the Medicaid funding just as is done with Medicare through the Federal exemption from oversight and deregulation.
Keep in mind that all these commission used to be simply public agencies given oversight and held accountable and the average person knew what was happening in their communities. This is what takes all democracy out of Maryland and creates this cronyism as the governors and mayors simply appoint people open to thuggery.
Keep in mind the leveraging that these groups do is what gets Maryland caught in constant loses to Wall Street fraud when we do not even need to do the leveraging. It is done because so much of the Maryland Treasury is lost to fraud and they are trying to hide (no transparency) and make harder finding these trails.
YOU ARE RE-ELECTING POLS OVER AND AGAIN THAT ARE DOING THIS. PLEASE FIGHT AGAINST ELECTION RIGGING BY BEING THE CANDIDATE AND VOTING FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAPTURE!
Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC)
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to expand access to health care services in underserved communities in Maryland. The CHRC is an independent commission operating within the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH), whose 11 members are appointed by the Governor. Since its inception, the CHRC has awarded 143 grants totaling $42 million, supporting programs in every jurisdiction of the state. These programs have collectively served more than 140,000 Marylanders, and grants awarded by the CHRC have enabled grantees to leverage $14.7 million in additional federal and private/non-profit resources.
The CHRC supports the work of community health care resources and fulfills its statutory mission in the following activities:
- Awarding grants to expand access in underserved areas and support public health priorities;
- Implementing the Health Enterprise Zone (HEZs) Initiative jointly with DHMH
- Supporting the Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs) and efforts to promote population health initiatives; and
- Executing additional Special Projects.
If you see Maryland Health Care for All and the children's health initiative you see the groups pretending to advocate for the public but who have directors working to cheapen and privatize all the Constitutional requirements for Medicaid and Medicare. They are the ones creating these bills opening what was a strong public health to these crazy outsourced privatized contractors and national health businesses. Community Health Resources should be regulating how Medicaid and Medicare is spent and meeting the guidelines to protect the citizens of Maryland and especially Baltimore----but they are the ones creating the outsourcing that breaks down the public structure. They pretend to look progressive by recruiting people of color to own these health businesses as small business owners while the goal is to simply have global corporations take all of this Medicare and Medicaid business and loot it to the max! I showed how Manor Care owned by hedge funds is now senior care -----well, Health Enterprise Zones do the same with low-income health.
We had a few years ago O'Malley and supposed progressive groups try for gun control and wanted to attack a repressive mental health policy to these gun laws just as they did with forced dosing for the mentally ill. They are basically ending civil rights for anyone attached with the mentally ill status. As the article below shows the dismantling of public health and Constitutional guarantees to health access is causing the rise in mental health issues which are not seeing funding because of Medicaid cuts. Maryland Eastern Shore cannot afford to recruit mental health doctors giving no coverage at the same time O'Malley is pretending to supply the mental health coverage as part of gun control. None of this meets with the Federal Constitutional requirements set by War on Poverty health laws.
IT IS THE CONSTANT USE OF PROGRESSIVE ISSUES TO INSTALL THE MOST REPRESSIVE POLICY THAT KILLS MARYLAND'S ABILITY TO HAVE A HEALTHY POLITICAL DEBATE THAT WOULD GET PEOPLE TO COME OUT TO VOTE.
US child poverty remains at highest rate in 20 years
By Andre Damon
27 October 2014
Nearly one in four US children lives in poverty, the highest level in 20 years, with a similar proportion not getting enough food to eat. These were among the findings of an article published last week in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, entitled Seen but Not Heard: Children and US Federal Policy on Health and Health Care.
While the Obama administration praises the “economic recovery,” the facts presented in this report show that since 2009 there has been an immense social retrogression in every measure of well-being among the most vulnerable section of the population: children.
“It shouldn’t be this hard for kids to grow and thrive in the world’s richest, most powerful nation,” said Bruce Lesley, one of the study’s co-authors and the president of the child advocacy organization First Focus.
The report listed a panoply of dangers to the health and well-being of children in the United States, including hunger, lack of health and mental health care, cutbacks in social spending, the havoc wracked on immigrant families by deportation, and others. It found, among all these, that by far the worst impact on the health and well-being of children is poverty.
The report notes that there is overwhelming popular support for government programs to fight child poverty: “82% of voters want Congress and the White House to cut child poverty in half within 10 years.” But with the upcoming midterm election only a week away, such a project could not be farther from the minds of US politicians.
The Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal, for example, calls for slashing the budget of the Department of Health and Human Services, which funds the Head Start preschool program, and the Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamp program, by more than five percent.
Keep in mind that poverty stats are very skewed because they use guidelines from the 1960s and not what living today costs. As well, there is no national debt or deficit-----it is all massive corporate fraud and tax evasion yet Clinton neo-liberals are pretending the debt requires austerity to social programs. 70% of American people are at or near poverty and growing.
The report found that 16.1 million children, or 22 percent, live in poverty. It lists a string of adverse health impacts, including “significantly higher risks of low birth weight, injuries, lower IQ, intensive care unit admissions, and infant, condition-specific, and overall mortality.”
The impact of child poverty affects people once they grow up, and even affects their children. As the report notes, “Childhood poverty is associated with substantially higher mortality rates in adults, regardless of adult socioeconomic status (i.e., even affluent adults who were poor as children have elevated death rates), and this increased mortality risk extends across 2 generations.”
The second threat to the well-being of children listed in the report is food insecurity. The report notes that sixteen million children, or 22 percent, live in food-insecure households. An enormous number of children—one in three—rely on food stamp benefits for nutrition, and 47 percent of food stamp recipients are children. The report concludes, “Food insecurity is associated with deleterious consequences for children’s health, including elevated risks of suboptimal health and hospitalizations.”
The report noted that budget cuts that went into effect last year have had a devastating impact on anti-poverty programs for children. For example, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides food assistance to children and mothers, was cut back by more than $354 million. It added, “Some in Congress are proposing SNAP [food stamp] cuts at a time when SNAP participants already experienced benefit cuts in November 2013.”
The report also noted that seven million US children, or nine percent, have no health insurance. Despite this, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, jointly funded by the states and the federal government, is scheduled to have its funding drop by 73 percent, from $21.1 billion to $5.7 billion, in 2016.
Keep in mind this is almost always followed by state cuts as well. So, they pretend to be meeting the requirements of care in Medicaid and Medicare but they don't have the funding to do so----THEY ARE LYING. Maryland does turn these Federal funds into block grants with the global funding model of pooled sources. This makes for easy misappropriation and fraud and NO OVERSIGHT TO SEE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET WHICH IS THE POINT.
Congressional Republicans have proposed turning CHIP, together with Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, into a block grant or impose caps on the amount of healthcare funding individual children can receive. The report noted that such proposals “devastatingly restrict or eliminate benefits, underfund Medicaid, disadvantage children with even lower caps, and ration care.”
Among the most tragic elements depicted in the report is the effect of mass deportation on children. It noted that between 2010 and 2012, under the Obama administration, more than 200,000 parents of US citizen children were deported. As a result of these deportations, more than five thousand children have been put in foster care.
The report notes that one in three US children are overweight—which it refers to as a “pandemic”—and that 17 percent are obese. It relates these health problems to insufficient access to healthy food, both as a result of poverty and cutbacks to the funding of school lunch programs.
One in five children have mental disorders, and the rates are growing. “Pediatric mental-health and substance-abuse hospitalizations increased by 24% between 2007 and 2010, and hospitalizations for mood disorders increased by 80% between 1997 and 2010.” Suicide is the leading cause of death among teenagers, and rates have gone up since the start of the recession.
Despite the widespread prevalence of mental illness among children, only half of US children with mental disorders receive any form of mental-health services, according to the report. On the state level, more than $1.6 billion in funding for mental health services have been slashed between 2009 and 2012, resulting in the elimination of 4,000 psychiatric hospital beds since 2010.
Whole areas of the country simply have no mental health care available to the poor, who tend to suffer disproportionately from the effects of mental illness. The report notes “35% of US counties have no outpatient mental-health treatment facility accepting Medicaid.” Only three percent of psychiatrists who practice alone accept Medicaid.
Despite the disastrous prevalence of poverty and preventable disease in the US, funding for medical research is being slashed. The report noted that the sequester budget cuts slashed $1.57 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $289 million from the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report is a devastating indictment of a society that is going backward, not forward, in every measure of social well-being. These disastrous cuts in social services, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, are accompanied by the enormous enrichment of the super-wealthy, who have doubled their net worth since 2009.
In Maryland, the corporatization of Community Health Resources that have always been public is being done with HEZs. As usual, tax credits and all kinds of subsidy is given to corporations for coming in and doing what was always a public sector service that needed no incentives to do their jobs. So, instead of hiring a public employee and paying them a Living Wage with some benefits and job security-----Maryland is handing all of those funds to health corporations that are already known to cause fraud to soar, provide abusive service and work conditions all while being given tax credits to do this.
THAT IS THE ONLY REASON FOR HEALTH ENTERPRISE ZONES. THEY REPLACE PUBLIC HEALTH.
Of course Baltimore is ground zero for these policies------health corporations University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins act as anchors for these national health chains taking public health and all this is great policy adding to the betterment of our city says Johns Hopkins! Who owns those national health chains coming in and taking over public health for seniors and low-income? THAT'S RIGHT----THE BIGGEST THUGS AROUND!
O'Malley running as a Democrat installed these Johns Hopkins policies with Baltimore's Maryland Assembly pushing the bills. Larry Hogan will continue this because it is a Republican policy to privatize and maximize corporate wealth while getting rid of War on Poverty and New Deal programs.
SEE WHY PRIMARY ELECTIONS ARE CAPTURED AND RIGGED AGAINST ANY CANDIDATE THAT RUNS AS A PROGRESSIVE LABOR AND JUSTICE? REMEMBER, IT IS LABOR UNIONS AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT THESE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS DISMANTLING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID.
We now have a bill in Maryland Assembly to allow tax credit for grocery stores simply for opening in 'food deserts'. Now food deserts is a term for eliminating corporate taxes. Know how to have grocery stores in underserved communties? Think any business not wanting to be a good corporate citizen is going to be good to citizens in these communties? Safeway charges more for product in its stores in underserved communities than Whole Foods does. Rather than hiring employees to watch for theft they allow the theft and raise the prices. None of this has anything to do with good healthy food policy.
LET THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THESE COMMUNITIES RUN THESE STORES AND PUBLIC CLINICS!
HEALTH ENTERPRISE ZONES (HEZs)
Jointly administered by the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the HEZ Initiative is a four-year pilot program with a budget of $4 million per year.
The purposes of the HEZ Initiative are to:
- Reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations and among geographic areas;
- Improve health care access and health outcomes in underserved communities; and
- Reduce health care costs and hospital admissions and re-admissions.
HEZ Key Implementaion Dates
- Fall of 2011 - Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown convenes the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council’s Health Disparities Workgroup. The key recommendation of the Workgroup was the
creation of “Health Enterprise Zones.”
- April 2012 - Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Act of 2012 (SB 234) signed into law.
- June 2012 - Public comment period takes place to solicit feedback on the selection criteria for the HEZs, the potential uses of HEZ funding, and the outcome metrics that should be developed to monitor the progress and implementation of the HEZs.
- August 2012 - A Joint Chairmen’s Report, summarizing the public comment period is submitted to the legislature.
- September 2012 - The HEZ Request for Proposal is issued to the public.
- November 2012 - 19 HEZ Applicantions are recieved and reviewed by by an independent HEZ Review Committee comprised of experts in the fields of public health, health care finance, health disparities, and health care delivery.
- January 24th, 2013 - DHMH Secretary Sharfstein designates Maryland’s first five HEZs based on the recommendations from CHRC.
- Spring 2014 - Program implementation and peformance tracking of all five Zones begins.
- Loan assistance repayment;
- Income tax credits;
- Priority to enter the Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home Program;
- Grant funding from CHRC; and
- Priority for receiving funds for establishing an electronic health records program.
I cannot begin to show the network of private non-profits that are funded by Baltimore Board of Estimates that come and go-----that never receive oversight until some outside agency finds tons of fraud and misappropriation----but this outsourcing is soaring now with Affordable Care Act wanting to gut Federal funding and send these public health programs private.
No oversight and accountability -----no patient continuity-----no personal bonds being built in communities and citizens. It is a mess. Baltimore has had this network of outsourcing for decades and it is the 'MODEL' that Clinton neo-liberals and Republicans are trying to expand nationally. This is why we have hundreds of billions of dollars in fraud and much of the awarding of funds leads to pay-to-play politics.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City residents are living a little bit longer than they used to, but they still have some of the lowest life expectancies in the country. That’s according to a new study that looked at life expectancies across the U.S. and compared them to other countries.
This stat above occurs because of the dismantling of public health and oversight and accountability of health regulations and funding.
Baltimore community clinics.
Clinics and health centers across Baltimore provide individuals with free or low cost medical care, dental assistance, health services and medical referrals for the uninsured and low income. Many locations are federal government qualified which means that they will help anyone, regardless of their income or insurance status. Patients may need to pay some money towards their bills. Every year thousands of Baltimore Maryland patients receive assistance from the community clinics.
While each center will offer its own programs and referral assistance, in general services offered by the clinics include chronic care, preventative care, check ups, acute care, medications, and immunizations. Depending on the location, they may also offer adult medical or dental care as well as, HIV/AIDS treatment, pediatric care for children, OB/GYN care, and possibly even substance abuse treatment & referral.
As indicated, if a facility can’t help you with your need, they will usually give a referral to other Baltimore non-profits or health/dental centers for specialty cases. Regardless of the center selected, the amount a patient is billed will usually depend on their income and health insurance status.
- REACH Mobile Health Services information provided by: Baltimore Mental Health Systems Inc. REACH provides substance abuse treatment. Services include the operation of two mobile vans that dispense methadone at locations around the city of Baltimore. Funds:
Record last updated: Dec 11 2014 3:07PM
Baltimore Crisis Response Incorporated
Mobile Crisis Team
Not every crisis requires in-patient treatment. Our mobile crisis teams are comprised of mental health professionals including psychiatrists, social workers and nurses who can be dispatched to any Baltimore City community location to provide immediate assessment, intervention and treatment. Teams operate from 7:00am till midnight seven days per week. Currently the teams average over 2000 responses per year.
We come to you in small teams of plain clothed individuals in unmarked vehicles so as not to draw any outside attention to you and to make you feel more relaxed. We can meet you in your home or at any public place; whichever is more comfortable for you. All information and assessments are held strictly confidential.
People Encouraging People: Mobile Treatment Services
Phone: (410) 764-8560
Address: 4201 Primrose Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215 view map
Programs provide a wide range of services, from rehabilitation, to assistance for the deaf and blind, to residential and vocational ventures....