The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

March 6, 2013

Other Views: Listen to those in need

— In the state capitols of Missouri and Kansas, elected officials dither over expanding Medicaid. For them, the debate is about numbers, future budgets, free market arguments, and the merits and flaws of the federal Affordable Care Act.

For Kierra Hawkins, it is about the fist-sized cyst on her right ovary.

Hawkins, a 23-year-old community college student in Kansas City, was at her job as an aide in a day care center when acute stomach pains sent her to the hospital in late September. Tests detected the cyst and found it was not cancerous. Still, doctors said it would need to be removed.

Hawkins skipped her follow-up doctor’s visit. She is uninsured and couldn’t afford the $350 initial copay, much less the entire bill.

Fortunately, Truman Medical Center has approved her application for a charity discount. Hawkins is to see a doctor this month.

Her cyst would have been detected in a routine gynecological exam, but she hasn’t had one since age 18. Her job pays about $1,200 a month, and offers no health benefits. She has looked into insurance policies but finds them too expensive. ...

Hawkins is about 20 credits away from earning an associate’s degree in early childhood education. She hopes that will propel her into a better-paying job with health benefits.

For now, an expansion of Medicaid limits to the threshold called for in the Affordable Care Act, 133 percent of the federal poverty level, would get her the care she needs.

In Missouri, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand Medicaid eligibility, while some in the Republican-controlled legislature are trying to insure more people with a market-based approach.

In Kansas, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is mum on the topic, while key GOP lawmakers seem inclined to reject an expansion out of hand. ...

Around the nation, governors and legislators are putting aside political ideologies and realizing that, from fiscal and humane standpoints, expanding Medicaid limits is the right thing to do. For Missouri and Kansas to do otherwise would be cruel and irresponsible.

Kansas City Star

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Our View.jpg Our View: Restore the hall

    To borrow a phrase from a Home Depot commercial: “Let’s start doing.”

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Roundabout education

    With an influx of new roundabouts in Joplin, someone needs to promote education on how to drive through one. For instance, what yield means, stay in your lane, slow down, etc.

    July 10, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Who’s calling the shots?

    If Missouri Farmers Care really does care about the “Right to Farm” amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, it sure has an odd way of showing it.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Time for special inquiry

    Testifying at a House committee hearing recently, Internal Revenue Services Commissioner John Koskinen did nothing to enlighten Congress or the public about a year-old scandal about whether his agency improperly targeted conservative groups.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: It's like stepping into the Twilight Zone

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., was visiting the Fort Sill military complex in his home district and decided to visit the illegal immigrant processing center the federal government had recently opened on base.

    July 9, 2014

  • Your View: Who’s to blame?

    Not long ago, Mercy cut area jobs because our Republican legislators have refused Medicaid expansion.

    July 8, 2014

  • Your View: Access to health care

    On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers cover certain contraceptive products at no extra charge, as part of preventive benefits in employee health insurance plans.

    July 8, 2014

  • Darvin Bentlage, guest columnist: Big ag dream wrong for Missouri farmers

    For centuries, we have had the right to farm. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, a proposed constitutional amendment will be on the state ballot that is supposed to give us protection so we can have the “Right to Farm.”

    July 7, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: Restrained ruling

    As most of the country was focused this past week on the Supreme Court ruling on whether Obamacare can force Hobby Lobby to provide contraceptive insurance coverage to its employees (it can’t), the high court released an opinion on another major case.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jeanne Looper Smith, columnist: 50-year reunion celebrates connections

    High school reunions are like Woody Allen movies. You either like them or you don’t.

    July 7, 2014

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that sought to increase the tax credits available for donations to organizations providing food to the poor and aid to pregnant women, saying it would have eroded government funds needed for education and other services. Do you agree with the veto?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Facebook
NDN Video
Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' APNewsBreak: Different Attackers in Benghazi? Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris "Hotwives" Spoofs Reality TV Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Dozens Gain Citizenship As Debate Continues Dodgers Found Partly Responsible in Fan Beating Children of Deported Parents Speak Out GOP: Immigration a 'human Rights Issue' Raw: 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Raw: Fans Gather for Argentina-Netherlands Match Froome Crashes Out on Bumpy 5th Tour Stage Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death
Sports