GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should not delay access to health care

Friday, June 21, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 21, 2013

Sen. Kurt Schaefer was asked recently on KBIA’s "Intersection" about Missourians who will remain uninsured after the legislature’s failure to expand Medicaid. He replied that in Columbia one can go to the Family Health Center and get “everything from dental care to chemotherapy there,” that uninsured people currently receive care at hospitals when needed and that “the population is generally covered, it’s a question of how you pay for it.” This reply is factually incorrect and shows a disregard for the unmet health care needs of hundreds of thousands of Missourians, including thousands in Boone County.