[Nfbmo] Some Talking Points
b.schulz at sbcglobal.net
Mon Feb 20 02:18:57 UTC 2012
you can obtain which members are assigned to various committees but you then have to piece together the remaining info desired like district, party, phone # and room # from the general list.
here is the info combined for the appropriations committee we are concerned with;
Health, Mental Health, and Social Services
member district party phone room
Flanigan, Tom 127 Republican 573-751-5458 412C
Lichtenegger, Donna 157 Republican 573-751-6662 403B
Allen, Sue 92 Republican 573-751-9765 310
Atkins, Bert 75 Democrat 573-751-9760 116-4
Curtman, Paul 105 Republican 573-751-3776 405B
Ellinger, Rory 72 Democrat 573-751-4265 109E
Franklin, Diane 155 Republican 573-751-1119 400CA
Grisamore, Jeff 47 Republican 573-751-1456 205
Kirkton, Jeanne 91 Democrat 573-751-1285 135BC
White, Bill 129 Republican 573-751-3791 406A
Zerr, Anne 18 Republican 573-751-3717 300
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene Coulter
To: Gary Wunder ; NFB MO List
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 3:32 PM
Subject: [Nfbmo] Some Talking Points
(Gary please distribute)
For those going to Jefferson City here are some talking points on the
proposal to take Medicaid away from blind persons. For those not going call
the capital switchboard at 573-751-2151 and ask to speak with your
legislator. Due to re-districting you should also call and ask to speak to
members near you as they could become your legislator. If you don’t know who
your legislator is you can find out on the web. For house members the
website is house.mo.gov and senate is senate is senate.mo.gov. The house
appropriations committee is due to meet this week on this item.
Regarding Medicaid being eliminated from the benefits for Blind Persons here
are some possible talking points.
*Most people receiving medicaid as blind persons are on fixed income
therefore paying medical costs out of pocket would be totally devastating
whether or not they have access to other coverage.
* Many blind persons have other conditions such as diabetes which require
expensive drugs that even with Medicare Part D would be impossible to pay.
*There are people on medicaid who have no other health coverage which would
result in the Emergency Room becoming their primary source of health care
creating a financial burden on either the patient or the hospital if the
patient were unable to pay.
*Even if a person went out and got private insurance when Medicaid ended
the pre-existing condition clause could make the policy virtually worthless
as the policy likely would not cover their eye condition or diabetes related
*Even though blind persons receiving Medicaid are generally low income
their income and assets are just high enough that they are not eligible for
regular Medicaid under another program.
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