Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Update on GAMC

Earlier this week the Office for Social Justice of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis issued the following statement concerning General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC), a state-funded public health insurance program for the Minnesota’s poorest adults.


An Update on the Veto Override Attempt
on the GAMC Bill

As you will be reading shortly in the media, the veto override attempt on the GAMC bill failed on a straight party line vote.

While this was certainly not the outcome we hoped for, our campaign to protect Minnesota’s poorest and most vulnerable residents, including GAMC enrollees, will continue. While this is a sad day for us as advocates, we are a people of hope and optimism. We are not going to give up on vulnerable people and the hospitals and physicians that support them. We will push on in support of a solution to this issue that works for the people who rely on this health care program.

When legislators see the forecast numbers tomorrow and begin in earnest on budget negotiations, a reformed GAMC program must remain in the mix of issues. This program as it is currently being proposed contains cost savings and delivery reforms while protecting the most vulnerable.

We will continue to work with you at the Capitol and in our communities to ensure that GAMC enrollees are protected. Funding for General Assistance Medical Care ends in 30 days, but we not stop until the health care of our fellow Minnesotans is protected. We know that we can count on you to stand in solidarity with GAMC enrollees as we move forward.

Call your legislators right now, ask them to keep working to find a solution to the impending elimination of GAMC. Find out who represents you here.

Thanks for all you do and that you've done for justice. Together, we can save GAMC.

For more information about GAMC, visit the website of the Office for Social Justice.

See also the previous PCV post:
GAMC - The Story Behind the Story

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