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The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 1, 1986 - Page3

Medicaid providers to
pressure Legislature

Which regent?
Poor grammar marks the sign
yesterday.

Daily Photo by DEAN RANDAZZO
announcing Regents' Plaza next to the Fleming Administration Building

Report finds police fail to
test many drunk drivers

LANSING (AP)-Pressure from
unpaid Medicaid providers is
expected to mount this week as the
Legislature returns from its 10-day
Thanksgiving break tomorrow to
try and resolve the dispute over
state-paid abortions.
By not passing the nearly $2
billion Medicaid budget for the
fiscal year which began Oct. 1,
lawmakers will have allowed the
state to fall $51 million behind in
payments by mid-week.
With both sides in the abortion
dilemma refusing to budge from
their long-held positions, all eyes
will be trained on a joint House-
Senate conference committee as it
attempts to reach a compromise
where none seems possible.
wThe three Senate conferees have
offered to drop their immediate
demand that all state funding be
denied for poor women seeking
abortions if the three House
members will agree to put the
question to Michigan voters in a
special election April 6.
But the House members say
such a measure would never gain
the two-thirds vote needed in the
House to put the proposed
constitutional amendment on the
ballot.
In the meantime, health care for
the state's 900,000 Medicaid
recipients has begun to slow down
as a number of doctors, nursing
homes and other providers have
threatened to stop treating patients
unless the funding resumes.
Medicaid Director Kevin Seitz
said one nursing home called the
Department of Social Services and
said it had given its patients a 21-
day notice of discharge.
State Rep. David Hollister,
chairman of the conference
committee, said it's exactly that
kind of pressure that is needed to

force the Legislature to act.
Meanwhile, House Majority
Floor Leader Lew Dodak (D -
Montrose) predicted leaders in both
chambers would adjourn the lame-
duck session as soon as the
abortion issue is resolved.
The longer it takes, however, the
more likely some of the pending
controversial pieces of legislation,
pushed by special interest groups,
will have a chance of passing,

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Dodak said.
"It's kind of a dangerous time
because the (lawmakers) aren't
watching the issues as close,"
Dodak said.
Proposals like the National Rifle
Association-backed bill prohibiting
local governments from passing
gun control laws or another letting
people buy non-lethal stun guns
without licenses are among those
which await action.

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WASHINGTON (AP)-National statistics on
drunken driving and fatal accidents are inaccurate
because police let most drivers leave the scene without
being tested for alcohol abuse, according to a new study
released yesterday.
The report by the Crime Control Institute, a non-
profit research organization of law enforcement
officials, found that many drunken drivers in fatal
accidents are escaping prosecution because they aren't
given a blood-alcohol test.
Of the 32,000 drivers who survived accidents
involving fatalities in 1984, more than 75 percent left
nthe scene without being tested for alcohol abuse, said
the report. More than 25 percent of drivers who were
killed in fatal accidents were not tested for blood
alcohol concentration. Overall, only 45 percent of all
drivers in fatal accidents are tested for alcohol abuse.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Transportation
estimates that the share of traffic fatalities due to
drunken driving has been declining to 41 percent in
1985.
"The national statistics on the number of traffic
deaths due to drunk driving are unreliable and
misleading," said Lawrence Sherman, president of the
Crime Control Institute. "They have lulled us into a

false belief that we are hardly even trying."
Various studies have shown that drivers are most
likely to be tested if they show visible signs of
intoxication. The Crime Control Institute study points
out the "varying ability of people to 'hold their liquor"'
and says that the adrenalin that accompanies the shock
of an accident can cause a rapid sobering effect.
The statistics compiled by the Transportation
Department until last year were based on tests of dead
drivers in just 15 states. A new method uses data from
all fatal crashes, but the Crime Control Institute study
said the approach assumes alcohol involvement is
equally likely among drivers who are tested and those
who are not tested for alcohol.
Minneapolis Police Chief Anthony Bouza, the
chairman of the institute, called the failure to test most
drivers in fatal accidents a scandal.
"We are squandering our best opportunity to
indentify and prosecute drunk drivers," added Bouza.
The report, prepare in part by a group of researchers
at the University of Minnesota law school, also found
that , national statistics have underestimated the

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initiated the program last summer.
The program is modeled on the
work of Amnesty International, a
lobbying organization for political
prisoners world-wide. Amnesty
sponsored a similar campaign for
Soviet Jewry.
If the regents approve the
adoption, University representatives
would write letters advocating better
treatment or release for the pris-
oners involved. Letters would be
} sent to South African prisoners, the
members of the South African and
U.S. governments.
Group members are currently
collecting endorsements from fac-
ulty members and organizations. At
present, they have the support of 70
faculty members and 30 student
organizations, including: the Mich-
igan Student Assembly, the Law
School Student Senate, the Black

Student Union, the Free South
Africa Coordinating Committee,
the Latin American Solidarity
Committee, and the Residence
Halls Association.
Several churches, synagogues,
and other groups have adopted
prisoners, according to Malhotra.
While the project has represen-
tatives on other campuses, no
university has adopted South
African prisoners.
Malhotra hopes the University
of Michigan will be the first. "The
University needs to put its foot for-
ward," she said. "It used to be the
first to make a statement on a
worthwhile project - the Peace
Corps, for example.
"In the last 20 years, it's grown
wary and it's unwilling to be the
first to do a good thing for the
world or the community because
it's worried about what somebody
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Speakers
Robert Bloodworth - "Recent
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Furthermore
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Denmark's International Stu-
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