My Op-Ed on Medicaid in Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has just published my op-ed based on my experiences this year on the Missouri Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid.

At least a dozen physicians from safety net clinics shared stories of their uninsured, “working poor” patients (most of whom would be covered if Missouri accepts Medicaid expansion) who can’t afford the medicines or other treatments prescribed for their diabetes, heart disease, hypertension or chronic pain. As a result, they spiral downward, suffering greatly as their previously manageable ailments become unmanageable (such as treatable diabetes descending into kidney failure) , at which point their now-severe disabilities allow them to finally qualify for Medicaid, but too late to regain their health.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4616981/tough-choices-on-medicaid-ahead.html#storylink=cpy