[Nfbmo] FW: Some Talking Points

Gary Wunder GWunder at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 20 14:35:15 UTC 2012

Bryan's note is also helpful since it gives the committees we need to
concentrate on.



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From: nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Gene Coulter
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 3:33 PM
To: Gary Wunder; NFB MO List
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

Since the policy likely would not cover their eye condition or diabetes

*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. 

Short of food and water, there is no higher need than preserving ones health
and treating conditions that threaten it.

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