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Letter about Removal of MA liens... To the Editor,


Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

In an article published May 9, Rep. Greg Davids was touted for being co-author on a bill to remove liens placed on properties of people over age 55 who are on Medical Assistance (MA). I know the importance of decent healthcare, and after years of overpriced, high-deductible plans offered through employers or buying catastrophic policies on the individual market, my husband and I were finally able to get quality, affordable healthcare through the state’s MinnesotaCare program. Wow! What a difference it made not to worry about bankruptcy or losing everything to medical debt. Families at all income levels need affordable healthcare, and fixing the glitch that caused these liens is a good thing.

But it is important to point out the whole picture of what Rep. Davids and other legislators from our area are doing. At the same time as trying to fix these liens, Rep. Davids supported a bill that would make families with more than $20,000 in assets ineligible for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. My husband and I have a small farm where we raise beef. Our farm equipment line is nothing to brag about, but would surpass the $20,000 mark. So Rep. Davids supports knocking people like us off of MinnesotaCare through an asset test. Fixing liens on people’s property for MA is important, but the House bill with an asset test would make anyone affected by this ineligible for an affordable healthcare program at all!

The legislative session isn’t done yet. A conference committee will decide whether to include the asset test in the final budget bill. Disqualifying farmers, small business people and hardworking Minnesotans from MA or MinnesotaCare is a step backward, especially for rural Minnesota. We should go forward and make affordable healthcare like MinnesotaCare available to more Minnesotans.

Leslea Hodgson

Fountain, MN

Letter about Health Care: Get what you paid for?...

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

Letter about Health Care: Get what you paid for?... To the Editor, It is often said that you get what you pay for. When you are buying equipment, this generally falls true, a purchasing decision that can be considered against your cash flow, profi ..... 
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Letter about... response to Grehl’s letter

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mr. Grehl, I respect your right to your opinion. However, you apparently missed the whole point of my comments. I certainly don’t loathe the Democratic Party or their agenda. However, I do loathe the inability of both parties to co ..... 
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Letter about Ag Alliance Debate

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As I was reading the coverage of the SE Minnesota Ag Alliance debate, I read that Ken Tschumper made the claim that “there are over 200 farmers in Fillmore County alone that receive over $1 million in direct farm payments, and one ..... 
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Letter about Kingsley’s article

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Andrew Kingsley hit the nail on the head. It was refreshing to read someone saying it like it is. “We the people” as the preamble states, have been lulled into complacency. The thought of standing for something has been made to l ..... 
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Letter about Fountain

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Only in Fountain: I frequently travel with my family between Dubuque and the Twin Cities and we love to stop at Fountain and ride bikes and play at the playground. When we left our new helmets at the playground on a recent Saturday w ..... 
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