Medicaid will Save Lives and Reduce Crime
Joe Poor of Columbia, Missouri writes a Letter to the Editor on July 17th 2020
Our state was facing an epidemic long before we had ever heard of COVID-19, and our Medicaid-funded efforts and facilities have been the front-line defense.
This epidemic doesn’t discriminate, it kills white, Black, brown, young, old, rich, poor, urban, suburban and rural folks.
Taking 1,132 lives in Missouri in 2018, it’s something that seems to have escaped our focus while COVID-19 took center stage. I am talking about the opioid epidemic and the destruction it has wrought on our state and our nation.