As a cancer survivor enrolled in Medicaid Expansion, I felt immense relief when the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed. But the Trump administration remains determined to undermine our healthcare.
The Health and Human Services Department is granting Medicaid Expansion states waivers to impose restrictions on Medicaid. In the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Republicans introduced House Bill 59 — which imposes work requirements on Medicaid recipients.
The bill is trying to solve a problem that does not exist.
According to the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, 58 percent of expanded Medicaid enrollees are working. Recipients not working are often too sick, disabled, caring for a sick family member or enrolled in school. House Bill 59 creates costly burdens for state workers managing Medicaid and barriers for people who need healthcare.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. My chemotherapy treatments made it impossible for me to consistently work. I was weak and exhausted, and needed time to recover.
If HB 59 became law in 2016, I would have never met the work requirements. I would have lost access to my doctors and the chemotherapy treatments that saved my life.
What type of society are we when we force sick people to work?
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Undermining health care | Letters to the Editor