Nonprofits to Fill Nevada’s Prescription?

March 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM Leave a comment

We’ve been keeping an eye out for further examples of city and state governments explicitly asking the nonprofit sector to make up for services cut as budget shortfalls increase. The newest evidence of this emerging trend is seen in Nevada, in a story the Nonprofit Quarterly relays from the Las Vegas Sun:

[Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s]budget proposes to continue Medicaid funding to help the poor see optometrists and get prescriptions, but no money for purchasing their spectacles. The cost is only $1.7 million out of $270 million in the governor’s proposed budget cuts. So who would help pay for the eyeglasses?

State Senator Barbara Cegavske (R-Las Vegas) suggested that the state could ask nonprofit groups such as the Lions Club to foot the bill. The state Medicaid administrator said he would ask nonprofits for help, but observed that “there are going to be people who won’t have eyeglasses.”

The eye glasses may not be the only example.

State Senator Sheila Leslie (D-Reno) said that she has heard the suggestion of having the private sector fill the budget holes more during this legislative session than ever before. Republicans are suggesting that charity and philanthropy should fill the gaps “on everything from mental health services to early childhood education.”

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