THE MEDICAID CHALLENGE
Do you take reusable grocery bags to the store, or drive a hybrid or electric car, all to help the environment?
What occurs to you when you notice one business, say a retailer of some kind, giving money to charity, while their competitor never does anything of the kind?
Are you more likely to 'do your part' indirectly as well as directly, such as supporting/frequenting/buying-from/using the business that has demonstrated kindness to others, compared with another business that hasn't?
If you choose a company that is known for its kindness to the underprivileged and the downtrodden, then surely you too are indirectly showing kindness for those same groups.
We're not raising money. We're not a charity. We're a cause. We want people to FORCE all their community's doctors to start accepting Medicaid. Doctors should care for all people, not just the wealthy or those with 'better' insurance. ONLY if we join together and make a big noise will they change.
"IF YOU HAVE A PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN, YOU'RE IN THE BEST POSITION TO HELP THE POOREST MEMBERS OF SOCIETY"
Where are we going with this?
Did you know that Medicaid recipients in Missouri must earn LESS THAN $15,856 per year? That's $1,321 per month, or $305 per week, or $7.62 per hour if you work a 40-hour week!
In other words, the recipients for our state's Medicaid 'health plan' must first prove that they live on a pitifully ridiculous sub-living wage, before they can qualify for healthcare for their children.
TAKE THE MEDICAID CHALLENGE TODAY
If you have private health insurance, show your support for the poor by going to a clinic that DOES ACCEPT MEDICAID.
If you are an employee at a healthcare company that does not accept Medicaid, ask them to change that policy; if they don't, you should consider leaving.
If your doctor's office or your chosen urgent care company doesn't accept Medicaid, you may want to reconsider why you're going to them. Ask them why they don't treat the poor and whether it's consistent with a certain oath they might have taken when they became doctors.
A COMMITMENT TO HEALTHCARE FOR HUMANS ON A LOW INCOME
So now tell us.....
Would you go to a doctors office that refuses to accept Medicaid?
Yes, we know you have nice private insurance, but that's exactly the point.
Now that you can see where we're going with this, do you now see why it's NOT the right thing to do to go to the 5-star 'pretty' doctors office or urgent care if it refuses Medicaid? Any more than it's NOT the right thing to drive a 10mpg gas-guzzler? Any more than it's NOT the right thing to refuse to give to charity?
There are PLENTY of urgent cares in St. Louis that have GOOD DOCTORS AND GREAT NURSE PRACTITIONERS and that DO in fact accept Medicaid. They also all accept your nice private insurance. In fact, you really are helping these clinics help the poor, by taking your privately insured family to them, instead of the pretty clinic down the street that'll quickly put your money to good use buying new TV screens or maybe a new state of the art CT scanner, if only to make even more money out of their unsuspecting but well-insured patients.
So the next time you go to the grocery store, please take a reusable cloth bag.
And the next time you go to an urgent care facility PLEASE, for the love of your community, go to one that accepts Medicaid as well.
We're all brothers and sisters, regardless of our ancestry, color, salary and education. Let's look after one another shall we? It's time we all just got along, and you'll start by helping those who help the poorest in our society.
If you have private insurance*, you're in a very strong position to help the poorest members of society. This is how.
*Even if you don't like your private insurance plan, for example, the copays or deductibles are too high, please remember that it could be a lot worse. If your income was lower, you would have no insurance. If your income was lower than $15,856/year then you might qualify for Medicaid, which some clinics have opted to turn away.