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What’s Happening in Missouri

Editor’s Note; Eddie Mae Binion is director of Southside Welfare Rights in St. Louis. She recently was hospitalized with a stroke and is in rehab now. But she still managed to get out the  summer issue of  her Education Association  Newspaper.  She is 70 year old and has been working tirelessly for 30 years in this struggle for economic justice. Give her a call at 314-432-0109.

 

Here Is a Bite in the Pants

The transportation here in Missouri is a bite in the pants. They often do not pick up people on time for their appointment. And if they do pick you up on time, you will have to wait at least 2 1/2 hours or more after your appointment for them to pick you up to take you home.

In some cases they forget to pick you up either from home, which will cause you to miss your appointment, or from where they dropped you off. Case and point: They would sometimes drop me off for my appointment on time, but would not come back to get me. Or they fail to come to take me to my appointment. On several occasions they did not pick me up for my Dialysis appointment.

Thank God for my daughter who took time off her job to take care of me. She made sure I would get to my appointment on time. When she went back to work, my friend dropped me off on his way to work and Dialysis would send me home in a cab. This transportation system is a mess, I tell you.

Yet More Bad News:

The new Medicaid hurdle for immigrants will hurt many other people too. The Congressional Budget office expects 35,000 people to lose their Medicaid. But Medicaid experts say millions of citizens could find their benefits in jeopardy. Many poor citizens, especially Blacks and Indians, will be unable to come up with birth certificates or other acceptable documents. This will serve as another barrier to health care for eligible citizens.

Many older Americans were born at home when their parents did not have access to hospitals. All over the South, because of segregation and racial discrimination, many hospitals would not take minorities.

A Little Bit of Good News

Ameren UE and the Missouri Public Service Commission launched its second “Dollar More Clean Slate” million dollar program to clear off overdue utility bills. You must be an Ameren UE medical equipment low-income customer, or 65 or older, or registered as low-income customer. Apply at a Dollar More Agency.  This program is part of a settlement approved in 2002. Customers must pay 10% of past due (20% if disconnected). “Clean Slate” will pay the balance owed.

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Even though going through trials and tribulations, I was able to draft this long over due newspaper. Thanks to all who prayed for me, who called to check on me, and a special thanks to those of you who sent get well cards.

Eddie Mae Binion
Southside Welfare Rights

9463 Indian Meadows Lane, St. Louis, MO 63132; 314-432-0109

Meet the 3rd Monday of the month at 6 PM at Kingdom House, 1321 S. 11 St.
PGPODA (Parents and Grandparents of Drug Abusers) meets on the 3rd Monday, same location.

 

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