Letter to the editor: Needy shouldn’t be the first cutThe Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act defines neglect of a vulnerable adult as “The failure of a caretaker to provide a vulnerable adult with needed care or services.
The Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act defines neglect of a vulnerable adult as “The failure of a caretaker to provide a vulnerable adult with needed care or services. This includes medical, clothing, food, shelter, and supervision.”
Is a caretaker a being? A facility? A state and federal government?
On April 1 the state of Minnesota will be the site of one of the largest acts of neglect on vulnerable persons. On this day, 33,000 (mostly disabled) people living in poverty will lose their health insurance — General Assistance Medical Care.
We are a society built on legal tender and this mass change in our governmental system will affect you, your health insurance, and your job. Some say the GAMC problem has been fixed by transitioning all former recipients of GAMC to MinnesotaCare. This is far from the solution. MinnesotaCare requires a premium when those on GAMC can hardly buy food.
As people lose their health insurance because they cannot pay, these individuals will go to the emergency room, and they will have no money to pay for services. which means increased private health insurance premiums, higher health care costs, loss of jobs in the medical field and insurance market.
First Plan shut down Jan. 1. Medica has just laid off a mass of people due to “declining enrollment.” Two of the insurance companies GAMC recipients went through were First Plan Blue and Medica. This is ironic as Gov. Tim Pawlenty has stated he is focusing on “jobs, jobs, jobs.”
As April 1 comes closer, I encourage you to think of those going without their needed medications and health care and then take a chance and ask yourself what you are willing to do about it.
From Faith Clark, Two Harbors