Friday, October 24, 2008

Candidates Discuss Disability Issues

COLUMBIA - With Election Day inching closer, the candidates are stepping up their efforts.

On Thursday, some of the local candidates who took part in a forum answered questions about issues concerning disabled Missourians.

Candidates from three mid-Missouri House Districts and one Senate District answered questions at the Columbia Public Library.

The candidates talked about work incentives for the disabled and government policy, Medicaid coverage, and the cost of living increase for home health care workers.

"We constantly have to re-evaluate eligibility criteria to find out if those in need get what they need, but I will tell you there was only a 70 percent eligibility check on those receiving Medicaid," Republican Missouri Senate candidate Kurt Schaefer said.

"Since my record on helping people with disabilities has been attacked I find that absolutely stunning, 200 people were able to live in their own homes instead of nursing homes when I got to the General Assembly," Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Chuck Graham said.

"By 2014, they anticipate needing an additional six million people nationwide in the health care industry and personal care attendants. Absolutely, a cost of living increase is going to help attract more individuals to this field," Democratic Missouri House candidate Kelly Schultz said.

"When you don't get a cost of living increase and you're having to pay some of your travel expenses because they've developed relationships with their clients and they know they need the help they're doing the services anyway and we're desperately in need of more therapists and more people to visit people in their homes," Republican Missouri House candidate Steve Hobbs said.


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