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House Democrats Launch New Fight Against Medicaid Cuts

November 2, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

House Democrats launch a new effort to block Medicaid cuts.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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Twenty Seven House Democrats from across Missouri signed a letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to halt Medicaid cuts.

The letter aims to block Blunt's request to cut the funding for disabled people that need equipment like feeding tubes.

Representative Bruce Darrough says the real goal of the letter is to inform people.

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Contents: "We're trying whatever we can do. I have to admit I'm in the minority and it's very tough for us to get anything done, but I think it's a position the House Democrats have is that we want everyone to be as well informed about what is being done."

Darrough doesn't think his letter will be enough to stop the cuts.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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State Democrats make a last ditch effort to stop Medicaid cuts.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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House Democrats from across Missouri are asking the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to sign a waiver which would allow the cuts.

The group wrote a letter to the agency.

Representative Bruce Darrough organized the letter, but he expects it won't stop the cuts.

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Contents: "I'm anticipating it probably won't have a big impact on their decision, but I think at least now they understand that there are some people in Missouri who don't want to make those cuts."

Twenty seven representatives signed the letter.

Missouri lawmakers passed the cuts earlier this year.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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State Democrats make ink and paper their new weapon in the fight against Medicaid cuts.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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The twenty seven House Democrats signed a letter to the federal agency which gives final approval for some of the most significant cuts.

The group urged the agency to reject Governor Matt Blunt's Medicaid cuts.

Representative Bruce Darrough says he wants to stop cuts which take away essential services like wheelchair batteries and feeding tubes.

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Contents: "To decide what those essential services are you're going to have to sit down and make some insights into how the system operates and where the cuts can be made. And I don't think that was being done."

State lawmakers passed the Medicaid cuts earlier this year.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.