Medicaid patients face lack of access to healthcare in D.C. [News, 2.25]


Medicaid Patients Face Lack of Access to Healthcare in D.C. (WAMU, 2/25) – Why is this so? As Sharon Baskerville of DCPCA explains in this WAMU story, it’s because DC’s Medicaid reimbursement rate doesn’t even come close to covering the cost of care. So many doctors try to limit their Medicaid patients. That’s why nonprofit clinics like Bread for the City “are often the only places that see Medicaid patients.” But Bread for the City can only take two or three new patients per day–and “in twelve seconds, those two spots are gone.” On the Beyond Bread blog, one woman shares her story.
– WG’s Health Working Group will meet on March 2.
– Read about WG’s support of DCPCA’s Medical Homes initiative

PHILANTHROPY
Number of Large Gifts Fall (NYTimes, 2/24)

CORPORATE
Corporate Leaders Tout Philanthropy’s Benefits Amid Grim Financial News (Chronicle, 2/24)

DC SCHOOL REFORM
Union Chief Weighs In On Rhee’s Comments (WaPo, 2/25) – in which the Post fans the flames of whatever’s going on between Ms. Rhee and Ms. Weingarten.

ENVIRONMENT
Grants Available for Solar and Wind Power (WaPo, 2/25) – for residents, nonprofits, businesses, schools. More info here.

DC VOTE
Senate To Weigh D.C. Vote Measure (WaPo, 2/25) – The Bill still faces obstacles. Ilir Zherka, the executive director of DC Vote: “We’re anticipating amendments on all the hot-button issues”