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I believe there’s no better job on earth than taking care of people you love!

And that is why I enjoy my position as a home care provider.

My actual work hours caring for my daughter are much longer than the 21 hours Medicaid allows, and my hourly compensation is much less than working for fast food. Also, my days include helping my elderly parents and friends who can’t drive or shop, or who have trouble managing household chores, which I do free of charge.

Other than the wonderful emotional gratitude I accrue, my job doesn’t include a hefty benefit package.

Lucky for me, Montana Medicaid covers my health care basics. I see a doctor once a year, a dentist twice yearly, and an eye doctor every two years. Thankfully, I don’t have any serious medical conditions, because I have access to doctors.

Recently I injured my foot, which was diagnosed as tendonitis. Without Medicaid expansion, I wouldn’t be able to pay for a doctor, X-rays, orthotics or physical therapy. If I can’t walk, I can’t take of my daughter and other people I love.

But my serenity is at risk because some legislators like Sen. Ed Buttrey consider Medicaid expansion too costly and want to increase insurance premiums another 3 percent.

Good grief, what are they thinking? Five percent of $13,000 is roughly $60 a month. Currently, my insurance premium is $26, and now he wants to triple that amount?

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Please call your legislators in Helena; ask them to lift the sunset on Medicaid expansion.

Dawn Doyle

Billings

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