[Nfbmo] Some Talking Points

Rita A Lynch ralynch1950 at embarqmail.com
Mon Feb 20 03:15:55 UTC 2012

Hello Friends,

This is good information, but please note that this Appropriations Committee 
has already heard and voted on this medicaid amendment. The next step is 
that it will be heard in the House Budget Committee. The list of members of 
this committee was sent out recently by Shelia. I am attaching this list if 
anyone needs it. Thanks for everyone's help with this. See those of you 
tomorrow who are coming. Safe travel!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bryan Schulz" <b.schulz at sbcglobal.net>
To: "NFB of Missouri Mailing List" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] Some Talking Points

> hi,
> 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
> Chair
> Flanigan, Tom 127 Republican 573-751-5458 412C
> Vice-Chair
> 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
> Bryan Schulz
>  ----- 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
>  costs.
>  *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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