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Residents in Joplin join statewide rally calling on Governor Parson to fix a "Medicaid Purge"

Medicaid Purge Protest
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Medicaid Purge Protest

JOPLIN, Mo. - People across the State of Missouri holding rallies today asking Governor Parson to take action on what they're calling a "Medicaid Purge including right here in Joplin.

Over the past 19 months health care supports like KJ McDonald with Missouri Health Care for All, noticed an alarming statistic in the state. McDonald says "Almost 130,000 people have been dropped from Medicaid in Missouri, over 100,000 of those are kids."

One of those 100,000 plus kids is the younger sister of Berenice Urbina. She says her sister was dropped from Medicaid in January, but she says how they found out about it, was frustrating. "We went to schedule an appointment because she had gotten ill during like the flu bug and everything going around and they told us that we didn't have coverage, even though we had not been notified via phone call or letter like they're supposed to do."

McDonald says that's something she's heard too often. "So what's been happening is folks are not realizing they have been dropped from Medicaid, they're showing up at the doctor with their kids or for themselves and then being told that they no longer have Medicaid coverage and are kinda being put through the wringer when they try to get a hold of Medicaid to be reenrolled."

For Urbina, once they got in touch with Medicaid, they found out why they weren't notified. Urbina says "They actually had sent the paperwork to an address that didn't even exist in Joplin, Missouri."

Now, more than a dozen people in Joplin joined them at 7th and Range Line in a rally to get Governor Mike Parson to take action to find out why so many have been dropped, and to fix the problem. Urbina says "It is extremely frustrating because it's not just happening to my sister it's happening to kids all over the state and it shouldn't be happening."

Supporters are hopeful the issue can be resolved, before more serious complications arise.

Today's rally in Joplin was part of several statewide including Springfield, West Plains, and Kansas City.
 

 


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