[Education and Welfare] Missouri Council of the Blind Press Release(fwd)
julia.chinn at att.net
Fri Apr 27 09:18:46 CDT 2012
This is very informative, Chris. Thank you !
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Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:46 PM
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Subject: [Education and Welfare] Missouri Council of the Blind Press
The following press release, prepared by Denny and me, was just sent to 150
MIssouri news outlets. We also faxed a copy to Speaker Tilley.
House Speaker Tilly Stacking the Deck Against Blind Medicaid Recipients
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Missouri Council of the Blind is disappointed to learn from the
News-Leader today that House Speaker Steven Tilley, Republican, 106th
is refusing to allow House supporters of Medicaid coverage for the blind to
serve on the budget conference committee. The conference committee will
negotiate to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of
The House transferred Medicaid funding for the blind to fund higher
instead. The Senate replaced Medicaid funding for the blind but without
removing any funding the House had allocated to higher education.
"We hoped that in conference, the House would be more supportive of blind
people," said Denny Huff, President Missouri Council of the Blind. "At this
point, we are beginning to wonder if there is an agenda behind the scenes to
directly hurt or penalize blind Missourians.
It was reported yesterday in the Springfield Leader that Speaker Tilley
inquired of Representative Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, the ranking Democrat
the House Budget Committee, if she would support restoration of Medicaid
funding for the blind in Conference. After indicating that she would support
such restoration, she was told she would not be assigned to this committee.
"The way we see things right now," said Christopher Gray, Executive Director
the Council "the House got what it wanted, fully funded higher education.
Senate didn't change this. For Speaker Tilley to insist on still penalizing
2,857 blind people, many of whom are elderly and/or have multiple
defies our understanding. We strongly urge Speaker Tilley and the House of
Representatives to take a more reasoned and compassionate approach to the
budget and fiscal year."
The Missouri Council of the Blind hopes the people of Missouri will call
Speaker Steven Tilley, (573) 751-1488, and urge him to act with balance and
fairness to all in appointing the House members of the Budget Conference
Christopher Gray, Executive Director
Missouri Council of the Blind
St. Louis, MO 63109
Phone: (314) 832-7172
Toll-free: (800) 342-5632
Fax: (314) 832-7796
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