The Callie Crossley Show

A production of  
  

Mon., Nov. 28
Who Gets Health Care?

Who Gets Health Care? 

Last month, a freshman Andover, Mass. lawmaker held up a budget bill to find out where Medicaid money is being spent in Massachusetts. Specifically, Rep. James Lyons, Jr. wanted to know how much MassHealth spends on undocumented residents. The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services released those figures: total program costs of $9.5 billion, with $93 million - roughly one percent of costs - earmarked for "immigrants who have not provided documentation of qualified status."

Today we're taking a look at these figures - the cost to taxpayers, whether there should be "fallback insurance" for every resident, immigration challenges here and across the country, and what the real-life costs would be if we didn't. 

Guests: 
We want to hear from you - has a state insurance program gotten you through lean times? How hard is it to find coverage? Should our tax dollars be used to insure the poorest people? Does immigration status matter? Should the law be repealed? Amended? Or left as it is? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Support for WGBH is provided by:
Become a WGBH sponsor
Sign Up

Sign-up for WGBH News updates, WGBH promotions, and previews of what's coming up on WGBH TV.

 

   

 

ABOUT THE CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW

Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

myWGBH

The Callie Crossley Show Showtimes

Forgot your my WGBH Password?

Not a problem. Just enter the username you used to register below.


Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Password?

Instructions on how to reset your Password have been sent.
Check your email to continue.

Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Username?

Not a problem. Just enter the email address you used to register below.


Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Username?

Instructions on how to reset your Username have been sent.
Check your email to continue.

Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Register for myWGBH