Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, May 25, 2017
Trump’s Budget Takes Aim at My Sweet Son – (This editorial by Kathleen O’Brien highlights the potential impact of the proposed budget cuts to Medicate for a family with a child on the autism spectrum. I have included a few paragraphs from her editorial.)
President Trump’s budget is here, and it contains serious cuts to the social safety net. One of the big changes is a plan to slash more than $800 billion over the next 10 years from Medicaid.
You may think of Medicaid as a program for the poor, but it also helps a variety of other vulnerable populations. Children with special health care needs rely on the program for services not typically covered by private health insurance, which helps them stay at home with their families. There are about five million children with special health care needs who receive benefits through public health insurance programs, including Medicaid. Proposed limits on a per-person basis are expected to disproportionately affect these children and their families, limiting access to costly but necessary services.
My sweet son is in this category. He had three different evaluations around the age of 2, to confirm the autism diagnosis I first suspected when he was 15 months old.
Mr. Trump’s budget cuts, part of the continuing war on Medicaid, will likely mean cuts to the waiver program, adding to the burden for families like mine. It will also hurt adults with disabilities, poor children and the elderly in nursing homes, all covered through Medicaid, too.
Readings from Isaiah 58.10-12 for Thursday, May 25, 2017
How do we rebuild the world in which we live? God says we should stop pointing the finger of blame at people who differ with us. Instead, we are to engage in practical deeds of kindness and compassion. People who join God in his activity are those who repair the broken places of our world.
Isaiah 58.10-12 – If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
Prayers for Thursday, May 25, 2017
Dear God, help us to join you in your program to rebuild and reclaim the world. Please direct our paths to this worthy process.