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THE HUMAN SIDE OF LANSING'S POLITICAL FIGHT

 THE HUMAN SIDE OF LANSING'S POLITICAL FIGHT
 As politicians in Lansing, Mich., continue to battle over the


release of federal funds for indigent health care, thousands of patients have been left on the sidelines.
 The funds provide for basic medical care for more than 17,000 chronically ill patients in Wayne County alone. The state has refused to approve the spending of the funds -- even though no state dollars are involved -- until other partisan budget matters are resolved. As a result, funding for Detroit-area indigent health care ceased on April 1.
 Local hospitals and clinics have protested Lansing's failure to resolve the issue before a lengthy legislative recess, and are keeping the programs alive temporarily at the cost of $100,000 a day. The human costs of ending the medical care, they fear, would be much higher.
 At numerous clinics in the Detroit area, poor patients receive treatment and medication for illnesses ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure to cancer. Without continued treatment, they face expensive and life-threatening complications. They are the people most affected by this budget fight, and their voices have been the least heard.
 To put a human face on these problems, representatives of the media are invited to visit two local clinics on Saturday, April 4. There, they will be able to interview patients and physicians about their concerns over the endangered future of health care for the poor.
 The clinics are:
 Park Medical Center, 14145 Telegraph Road (between Jeffries and Five Mile), Redford, 313-535-7020, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
 Detroit Community Health Connection, 14429 E. Jefferson (between Chalmers and Marlborough), Detroit, 313-822-0900, 9 a.m.-noon
 CONTACT: Nancy Oliver of Park Medical Center, 313-599-7436, or Mary Ferris, 313-832-3103, or 313-345-3282, or Kathy Winans, 313-822-0900, both of Detroit Community Health Connection.
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