Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

April 14, 2013

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GLASGOW — Don’t turn down the money

Dear Editor,


Kentucky has the opportunity to increase access to healthcare for 268,000 individuals and families and save taxpayer dollars. By accepting federal dollars already allocated for the state to increase access to health coverage through Kentucky’s Medicaid program, Governor Beshear can significantly reduce the number of low-income families who lack access to affordable health care and worry that they are one diagnosis away from financial ruin.

Kentucky’s governor needs to reach a decision on whether to use federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid coverage. Further delays could result in the state losing significant funding that could improve the health of its most vulnerable communities and reduce health care costs. By giving more people regular access to a doctor, we can avoid spending millions of dollars currently used to treat uninsured people in emergency rooms.

It does not make sense to turn down money that is already available to help Kentuckians. Hard working, low income families need the security of quality health coverage to get lifesaving care when they need it.

Brenda Turner

Tompkinsville

Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

Security offered for cancer patients

Dear Editor,


As a cancer survivor and advocate for cancer patients and families, I urge Gov. Steve Beshear to accept the millions of dollars of federal funding being offered to Kentucky to increase access to health coverage through Medicaid.

Hard-working, low-income families managing a chronic disease like cancer need the security of knowing they have quality health coverage that allows them to see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving care when they need it, without facing huge medical bills.

A recent poll showed that registered voters in Kentucky are decidedly in favor of the state accepting the federal funds available to expand access to health coverage through Medicaid. A strong majority, 63 percent, said they support Kentucky accepting the federal dollars to cover more people — while only 23 percent said the state should turn down the funds.

Gov. Beshear should listen to Kentuckians and accept the money to increase access to the state Medicaid program and extend lifesaving health coverage to more than 268,000 low-income individuals and families.

I strongly encourage Gov. Beshear to accept the federal funds to cover more people, reduce health care costs and save lives.

Linda Jones

Tompkinsville

Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)


 

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