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Letter: Don't imply that Medicaid recipients are avoiding work

Letter: Don't imply that Medicaid recipients are avoiding work

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Missouri latest state to thwart voter-approved policies

Maxine Horgan, left, and Barbara Nyden repeat the final chant of the Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Medicaid expansion rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The Missouri Legislature is the latest statehouse fighting to undo voter-backed ballot measures. Missouri's GOP-led Senate this week voted against paying for voter-approved Medicaid expansion. (Liv Paggiarino/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP)

In "Missouri Senate rejects funding for Medicaid expansion" (April 29), Missouri state Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, is quoted as saying, “I’m sorry, if you are a healthy adult, you need to get a job.” I think most of us can agree with that statement, but I fail to see the relevance to the issue of funding the Medicaid expansion that Missouri voters approved.

The requirements to be on this life-saving program are among the most stringent in the country. The “healthy,” and even many of the disabled recipients, meet the low-income threshold required. And for most, it is income working low-paying jobs. I believe we should respect the dignity of our hard-working neighbors and not dishonor them by implying that they are avoiding employment.

Mary Clemons • Kirkwood

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