Crowd Holds Funeral For Missouri's Medicaid Program
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 11, 2005
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI--About 100 protesters held a fake funeral outside Missouri's Capitol over the weekend after declaring the state's Medicaid system dead.
The funeral procession included someone dressed as the Grim Reaper and pallbearers carrying home-made coffins with the words "Blunts Budget Cuts Will Kill People" painted on them, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.
Medicaid is the joint state-federal program that provides medical and other services for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities.
The crowd was protesting budget cuts made in the state's part of Medicaid that would eliminate coverage for an estimated 90,604 Missourians over the next year. The Legislature passed the budget on May 5, with many of the cuts proposed by Governor Matt Blunt.
Carol Newman, 63, said the batteries to her motorized wheelchair -- which helps her to be independent -- would no longer be covered by Medicaid.
"When these batteries run out in this chair, Im back where I started," she said.
"Protesters hold mock funeral for Medicaid" (Columbia Daily Tribune)