- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Custom cuts: Local hairstylist provides free haircuts to special-needs children (6/26/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Marble Hill man accused of beating, kidnapping woman (6/27/17)
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Business notebook: Man's cheesecake whim becomes a full-time vocation (6/26/17)
Impact on disabled employees
To the editor:
In response to the story "Medicaid changes may make disabled quit jobs: I am on the board of the Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop. On July 18, a survey to gather information was sent out to determine how the new Medicaid guidelines would affect our disabled employees. It was determined that 25 percent of our disabled will be forced to choose between their jobs or receiving Medicaid. If the new guidelines are implemented as written, the consequences will be devastating for the 96 workshops in Missouri.
I am legal guardian for my brother. He is employed by our workshop. He is not receiving Medicaid, but if our workshop is forced to close, he will be directly impacted.
Unless the Medicaid Reform Commission repeals the new standards, over 8,000 disabled individuals will be forced to quit their jobs. Those with developmental disabilities and their families should not be forced to make this kind of decision.
I have been involved with our workshop since my brother went to work there six years ago. The workshop provides an opportunity for our disabled to experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done. Our disabled get up every day and go to work. They don't complain about their disability or use it as an excuse to stay home and do nothing. They want to be productive and contribute to their community. They take great pride in what they do. Missouri should reward their courage, not penalize them.
MAGGIE EDMONDS, Rolla, Mo.