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New York Post
December 10, 2003
Carlos Ramirez was pushed off the George Washington Bridge by bureaucrats, his outraged family claims.
Ramirez, 33, went mad weeks before his Dec. 2 death after he stopped taking the antidepressants he’d been on for about 15 years.
He told his family he couldn’t afford the prescriptions because bureaucrats had suspended his Medicaid payments.
Yesterday, the devastated family demanded an investigation into the decision by the Westchester County Department of Social Services to suspend his Medicaid payments. Ramirez lived in New Rochelle.
Nancy Travers, the deputy director at the agency, quickly discounted the family’s charge, saying the department cannot deny Medicaid to any disabled client receiving federal Social Security Income benefits.