During budget discussions with the Public Health Nurse, Ravalli County commissioners showed yet more impacts from the cutting of Title X funding.
Aside from the obvious loss of vital health services for hundreds of low income Ravalli County women, the cut of Title X funds also resulted in substantial staffing changes in the Public Health offices.
When Title X funding was accepted, the Public Health office was staffed by six full time people.
Without Title X funding, the office is still staffed by six people, but only one is full time now. That means less service for people that need it. Fortunately the Legislature finally agreed to expand Medicaid coverage so some of these low-income women will again have access to health services.
It was also telling that when discussing the budget, the commissioners didn’t discuss the possibility of accepting Title X funding and any budget changes that would entail. That tells this writer that they have no intention of pursuing the acceptance of those funds despite all but Jeff Burrows saying they would accept those funds.
It’s too bad this commission, made up of all conservative men, are so intent on denying health services to those who need it most.