Missouri Lives on the Line

Missouri lives are on the line as our state decides whether to expand Medicaid for low-wage working adults. People who don’t have insurance live sicker and die younger. People throughout the state want and need Medicaid expansion for themselves, their families, and their communities.
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  1. Most people don’t realize there is a 2 year wait from the time you are approved for disability and the time you get medicare – I brought in about 40$ too much during that time to be on medicaid, so I had to pay out of pocket to continue seeing my specialist & needed to use the patient assistance programs for medicines – and not all medicines are available through patient assistance programs, so it limits the doctor’s ability to care for you. I have medicare now, but still bring in a smidgen too much for medicaid. I get Extra Help through Medicare & Mo Rx to help with my co pays – but I’m still spending about 300$ out of pocket a month, I’ve applied for the Spend Down to limit my expenses if I get sick.

    Christina Eldridge
  2. I support Medicaid expansion. We as Christians are called to take care of those in need. And a healthier population with regular medical care is good for our economy!!

    maggie olson Nurse practitioner
  3. It is vitally important that Medicaid is extended to the 300,000 Missourians that are not currently covered. When you consider that these people show up at emergency rooms when they have bad colds–this not the appropriate place for such a person. They should be going to a doctor or nurse practioner. We will continue to pay more for these persons. Further, if they were covered they could receive preventive care–for diabetes, cancer screening, etc.

    Grace Berger
    1. Grace, you are correct. Also consider the very ill patient who became very ill due to lack of care resources. For example, if a diabetic cannot get medication nor eat properly, he will become so ill he will eventually be cared for in the ER, admitted very ill to ICU, stabilized, and discharged home. All this is very expensive and still, if he has no ability to follow up with a provider, take meds, eat properly the cycle will repeat, money is wasted, his diabetes is not treated, and in fact, his risk of diabetic complications is high. Those include, loss of vision, loss of kidney function, possible loss of limbs, etc. All these complications are very expensive to treat and the patient’s quality of life is very poor. Families suffer as well, loosing an earner, a parent, a spouse, etc. How much more economical and healthy would it be to treat the diabetes at its onset with the needed therapies instead of managing multiple crisis, and not very well.

      mary gross
  4. Health Care is a Right and a necessity. I have lived without health care at various times in my married life and when my children were small, or I was giving birth. I know the anxiety in the pit of a mom’s stomach, when her family is NOT insured. This is not necessary in a country like the United States, or the state of Missouri.

    Ginny Schrappen
  5. Thanks to everyone for your comments. We agree! Don’t forget to download the sign at the top of this page and send us a photo of you holding it. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

  6. I work as a Registered Nurse in the health care field. My experience includes 17 years in Canada and 14 years in the U.S. Never once was a patient’s income and economic status a factor which needed to be addressed in Canada. My work responsibilities included patient care and health care teaching. In Canada people received Medicare A & B insurance, and people could supplement their health care with a prescription drug plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield if they desired to do so. In the U.S. not only do patient’s expect excellent care but nurses are swamped with making many phone calls to find resources such as prescription assistance, clinics for the uninsured and Medicaid, prior-authorizations for most procedures and many office visits, which by the way, at times get missed, long waits on hold to insurance companies, inappropriate use of the ER, and yes, long waits for patients to be seen by specialty physicians, such as neurologists, up to one year. Basically, there are clinics for the poor and clinics for the lucky. Although most people who work in health care want to provide the best care possible, they fall prey to a system full of discrimination. For these reasons, I believe that everyone should have equal access and equal rights to basic health care regardless of their ability to pay.

    Tracy Zackson
  7. If Missouri does not accept Federal money for Medicaid, the people affected will not magically get well. Their expenses will be transferred to the state. It is foolish and childish not to accept this money. It is time for the Missouri legislature to grow up and take their responsibilities seriously. Anne O’Connell

    Anne O'Connell

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