New York Leads Nation In Spending On Social Aid

A USA TODAY analysis reports that New York state’s Medicaid program is the most expensive in the nation, driving the average cost of all government benefits in New York to $9,442 per person, the most in the country. New York ranked 28th in Social Security payments per person and ninth in Medicare benefits last year. But spending on Medicaid, the health program for the poor, has long exceeded other states because of New York’s broad initiatives and high poverty levels. New York spent $2,903 per person on Medicaid in 2010. This is a third more than any other state. The national average is $1,364. Nevada spent the least at $666 per person.

Many people associate the government’s Medicaid program with immigrants and the disadvantaged. However, those who know about the program know this couldn’t be more incorrect. Medicaid participants include people of all colors and races. Despite being a “melting pot” and a land of opportunity, immigrants are not always well-treated when they come to the U.S. Immigrants are often passed over in the workplace despite Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html

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