‘Pro-Life’ Trump Blocks States From Expanding Medicaid Resources to Save Lives During Coronavirus Crisis

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Trump administration is blocking states from using Medicaid to expand medical services to respond to the coronavirus crisis and save lives.

Previous administrations have allowed expanded Medicaid funds to respond to other crisis such as 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 flu outbreak.

However, the Trump White House and senior federal health officials haven’t taken the necessary steps to prevent a wider epidemic with larger Medicaid resources.

Cindy Mann, who oversaw the Medicaid program in the Obama administration and worked with states to help respond to the H1N1 crisis in 2009, said: “If they wanted to do it, they could do it.”

(Sources: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times)

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