Medicaid Recipients Bring Valentine Message to Lawmakers

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Tuesday, February 14 2006 Feb 14, 2006 Tuesday, February 14, 2006 5:40:39 PM CST February 14, 2006 in News

Many recipients said budget cuts have broken their hearts and bank accounts.

Raymon Conyers knows all about Medicaid cuts that force him to pay for expensive prescription drugs out of his own pocket.

"It's a crying shame. They can send a man to the moon and put satellites into space, but we can't take care of the elderly and disabled," said Conyers. "What's wrong with this? Something's wrong with that."

Most of the protesters want lawmakers to have a heart and restore Medicaid cuts.

Conyers and others hope to get back the money they need by voting Republicans out of office.

"When it takes about all you draw to pay for your medicines, well, how can you buy food or gas for your home or fuel for your vehicle to get back and forth from the doctor?" complained Conyers.

"Too many people are being affected," added Frederica Harris, "And I feel the people making these changes have never had to be in this position where they are disabled and require help."

Missouri cut about 94,000 Missourians from Medicaid last year.

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