Rep. Redd pleased that legislators are considering Medicaid expansion

One local legislator says he’s pleased that lawmakers are continuing their consideration of a Medicaid expansion plan instead of postponing a solution until the next session of the legislature which doesn’t begin until January.

State Rep. Ed Redd, R-District 4, who is a doctor by profession, says he deals with patients every week who are critically ill and do not have insurance or money to pay for their medical care.

“Sometimes we’re able to access some charity care for them but oftentimes there is a delay in getting evaluated and treated,” Dr. Redd explains. “Sometimes that results in bad outcomes.

“I’ve certainly seen that in my practice where people can’t see the doctor because they don’t have insurance and can’t pay for it. They often stay at home and have a progressively worsening illness that ends up either taking their life or leaving them in a state of disability.”

Dr. Redd says that is a horrible way to get health care and we should help them continue to work and get the health care they need so they do not have to go on disability.

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