Deanna Hendrich, Foundation Director at GVMH, took a few minutes to type an email to State Representative Wanda Brown. Deanna shared with Rep. Brown her views on Medicaid expansion. Deanna provided a few thought-provoking suggestions for Representative Brown and I wanted to share with you so that you recognize how easy it is share your views on the need for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.
You can go to http://missourihealthmatters.com/action/ and make contact with your legislator just as Deanna did.
Here’s Deanna’s email:
I have healthcare coverage at work. Thanks to being a part of a successful business, my husband has healthcare coverage, also. It isn’t cheap, but we can afford it and we have peace of mind knowing that we can take care of any health-related problems as they arise or even before because screenings and other preventive measures are covered.
What’s your health care coverage like? I’m guessing you feel pretty comfortable with it, also.
Not everyone is as fortunate as us.
As a voter concerned about my fellow citizens, I am respectfully asking you to consider reforming Medicaid, not only to allow hard-working Missourians to have access to healthcare coverage but also to help drive our state’s economy.
Medicaid expansion was designed to help individuals who previously did not qualify for Medicaid to have access to health coverage because they would not qualify for subsidies through the new healthcare exchanges. Who are those individuals? The working poor who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for subsidies through the exchange. What a rub — to have a job and pay taxes but still not be able to afford healthcare coverage despite what everyone has been saying.
You and I both pay taxes, and right now the dollars allocated for Medicaid are going somewhere else. That feels a lot like going to a store, standing in line, paying for an item and then leaving it for someone else who is standing in line to take it home. I agree that federal spending is an issue. But if it isn’t an issue for everyone, and everyone in line doesn’t agree on the same set of actions, then those who do not are leaving their purchases behind. If our taxes are to be used wisely, then it makes sense to use that money to help Missourians. And those dollars aren’t going to be tossed onto a fire. Expanding Medicaid in Missouri will encourage people to continue to work, increase tax contributions, retain healthcare jobs and make people healthier.
At the end of the day the federal government will spend the money regardless of how we feel. I prefer that my money be spent in Missouri to help my friends and neighbors.
Thank you for your consideration of Medicaid reform.