I nearly put this into the General Discussion category, but I have to guess that since Tax Money is involved, it will get political - fast. I'll have to admit, when I read this my first reaction was YGBSM!! (YOU have Got To BE Sh!tting me!) (Side note - this is the real-deal motto of the USAF 66th TFW, Wild Weasels) But it seems to be 'real'. QUOTE (Headline)Hawaii pols propose bill that would classify homelessness as medical condition(/headline) HONOLULU – As an emergency room doctor, Hawaii Sen. Josh Green sees homeless patients suffering from diabetes, mental health problems and an array of medical issues that are more difficult to manage when they are homeless or do not have permanent housing. That's why Green says he wants homelessness classified under Hawaii state law as a medical condition. If homelessness is a disease, he reasons, then doctors should be able to write prescriptions for the cure: Housing. "It is paradigm shift for sure, but the single best thing we can do today is to allow physicians and health care providers in general to write prescriptions for housing," Green said. Green last week introduced a bill in the Hawaii Legislature to classify chronic homelessness as a medical condition and require insurance companies to cover treatment of the condition. But if a doctor wrote a prescription for six months of housing, where would the patient fill the prescription? That's where Green wants Medicaid to step in. He wants to redirect some of Hawaii's $2 billion annual Medicaid budget to pay for housing. END Quote (Note - current population of HI is 1.42 million) (Some 7,921 homeless were counted statewide on a single night in January, up 4 percent from 2015. That 0.005% of the population) I'm not really getting into the politics, but rather wonder about a couple of things: What happens to folks who need, say, dialysis treatments, but cannot because too much of the scarce (tax) money is going to slumloads? Who will get to reap the bloat from providing 'housing"? This is really just a different version of the Housing First meme that's gaining traction all over. What makes this HI gambit unusual, is that it seeks to siphon off Federal Health dollars to support home-less housing - something that, up to now, has been a local issue (both providing and paying for). Here in Anchorage, the Muni provides units (some of which cost over $100K to 'renovate') so that the "chronic inebriates" can have a safe and warm place to guzzle their booze. And I get to pay for both. The Housing First folks make huge claims on how this will save money and put people back to work. I yet to see any verified case studies showing any success. Success is defined as the person supporting themselves without any help from the dole. You know, like the rest of us working stiffs. I not holding my breath. Under Obama, I could see this Homeless = medical condition being winked at by Santa... I mean - Obama and his liberal ilk. Now, with the The Don in charge, I can only hope this gets spiked before everyone else wants to play "Me too" with Fed tax dollars....and scarce health dollars to boot.