In Proclaiming Child Health Day, Jan Brewer Ignores Every Budget Cut She Made To Child Health Programs
- During the past two fiscal years, however, Brewer has agreed to cut more than $72 million from government-funded childrenâ€™s health services. The cuts were part of $2.1 billion in state budget reductions that were focused primarily on health care, education and human services.Brewer also spearheaded legislation to eliminate the state Medicaid program known as KidsCare, though the federal health care law required the Legislature to reverse the decision. Yet Brewer imposed an enrollment freeze in January that has lowered the number of children receiving health care coverage to about 27,000 from 47,000.Brewer also proposed the elimination of the Early Childhood Development and Health Board and redirecting its money into the stateâ€™s general fund. The proposal became a ballot measure, and voters will decide the issue in Novemberâ€™s election.