Annual Chili Dinner and Wiggins Fund Drive Date Set
Each fall, we host our Chili Dinner with our friends in organized labor. Save the date for OCTOBER 25 hosted again by our Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 8. We are happy to feature Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and County Legislator Jalen Anderson as we raise funds to support the JCDC staff position, which sets Jackson County apart from other Democratic committees in the state. We hope to see you there but if you can't attend: Click here to make a recurring or one time donation.
Rep. Judy Morgan Discusses Medicaid Access
One of the most significant things to happen around Missouri government in the past year is the revelation that 130,000 people have been kicked off Medicaid since January 2018, 100,000 of which are children. Rep. Morgan was recently discussing this on KCUR's Up to Date show.
- Although the Department of Social Services (DSS) justified the drop in Medicaid enrollment on an improving economy in MO, various witnesses at the public meeting disputed that theory. They argued that if the economy was improving, similar drops in food stamps and temporary cash assistance to families would be occurring and that's not the case.
- In addition, I asked one witness if the DSS had offered any data to back up its claim on an improving economy. His answer - No.
- The decline in the numbers of folks on Medicaid started with implementation of a new computer system - MEDES. The new system wasn't checking for federal SNAP (food stamp) eligibility and didn't automatically update addresses, as it had in the past.
- The mailed renewal notifications weren't being timely distributed and some recipients never received the notices.
- Several witnesses described the Medicaid application forms as too lengthy and definitely not user-friendly.
- Many families didn't discover that their children had lost Medicaid coverage until they showed up at the doctor's office or the pharmacist.
- When folks tried to re-enroll, they had to contact the call centers, where they often waited long periods to talk to someone. In two-thirds of the calls, they were deflected, meaning that the caller was cut off and had to start over.
- Eighty-seven percent of patients who lost Medicaid still met income eligibility requirements, but lost coverage due solely to challenges in the renewal process and
- Over eighty-four percent were unaware of the coverage loss until scheduling or attending an appointment.
Meet Yolanda Young, Candidate for House District 22
A Jackson County resident since the 1980s, Yolanda Young has worked with community members, city officials, the KCPD and others to transform an area that many had written off as a lost cause. When others looked at Kansas City’s Ivanhoe Neighborhood and simply saw a high-crime area filled with abandoned houses and lots, Young saw an opportunity for growth and change. Joined with her husband Alan, Young has spent more than 30 years building relationships with residents in order to address their concerns and inspire change on the grassroots level. Among other efforts, Young established block clubs, planned and orchestrated neighborhood cleanups, and formed committees to address community needs.
She has helped to develop over a dozen programs and initiatives for local families, youth, and seniors in an effort to improve overall health and well-being. Her leadership in the neighborhood and for the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council has brought about a reduction in the crime rate and an increase in resident engagement. Furthering her desire to improve the health and well-being of the community, Young established an urban family farm – improving the area’s food desert status and providing residents with fresh, home-grown produce at the neighborhood farmer’s market.
As the representative for Missouri’s 22nd district, Yolanda will continue to focus on the people of Kansas City, working to increase economic growth, provide better opportunities for education and civic engagement, and improve access to healthcare and other resources needed in underserved communities.
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
United Eastern Democrats: Bi-monthly meeting Wednesday September 25 at Courthouse Exchange on the Independence Square. Social hour at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. Guest speaker, State Representative Greg Razer.
Greg Razer for State Senate Kickoff: Thursday September 26th, 5:30-7:30 at Ollie's Local (3044 Gillham Rd. KCMO).
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus: 28th Annual Torch Dinner. September 27, 6:00-9:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets and attend this great event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-torch-dinner-forward-to-2020-tickets-69155095753?aff=ebdssbeac
13th Annual City Council Cancer Benefit: Join current and past members of the Kansas City Council along with hundreds of supporters as they hold another wonderful event benefiting cancer research Wednesday October 23rd. Final details to come. Check here for more updates.