7/24/2009--Seattle, WA, USA..Connie Baugh, 77, at ElderHealth Northwest's South Branch adult day health center. Connie will likely lose benefits that pay for her compression socks that prevent sores and blood circulation problems. Here Connie wears one of her compression socks on her right leg while her left leg is bandaged because of sores. She is holding the other compression sock...Washington State, a Democratic liberal stronghold, has long been a proponent of the widest possible public access to health care. But state officials there are among those around the country who warn that the direction health care reform seems to be taking among the Democrats in Washington, D.C., could impose new strain on state-funded Medicaid services, with no new federal money to help ease the burden. Here's an on-the-ground look at how Medicaid is already spread thin in Washington State -- and what officials there worry might happen under if Congress passes health care legislation in any of its current forms....©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.