9/29/2005

Gov't Split on Katrina Victim Health Care

WASHINGTON -- The White House is fighting a congressional effort that would give low-income hurricane victims the same expanded access to health care under Medicaid that survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks received.

Gulf Coast governors pressed for action Wednesday amid reports that hundreds of poor people in Louisiana had been denied Medicaid benefits.

Devastation from the breech of the Industrial Canal levee shown in New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005. One month after Katrina devastated the city, the Ninth Ward section of the city is still drying out. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Lm Otero - AP)

"We've got people who have needs today," said Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana.

Blanco and Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Bob Riley of Alabama endorsed extending Medicaid coverage to Katrina victims who otherwise would not be eligible to participate in the program. The cost of the legislation, which includes other measures, is estimated at $9 billion.

Gov't Split on Katrina Victim Health Care

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