In an action taken by the Health Services Committee, Rep. Thomas Flanagan of Carthage, Mo., made a proposal to cut Medicaid for those who receive blind pension or aid to the blind. The proposal would also cut a child-care subsidy. This proposal was hidden in technical language. This is not a proposal to cut taxes, but a reappropriation of funds.

To the editor:

In an action taken by the Health Services Committee, Rep. Thomas Flanagan of Carthage, Mo., made a proposal to cut Medicaid for those who receive blind pension or aid to the blind. The proposal would also cut a child-care subsidy. This proposal was hidden in technical language. This is not a proposal to cut taxes, but a reappropriation of funds.

They want to take Medicaid money for the blind, as well as money for a child-care subsidy for low-income parents, to go to higher education. The funding for the higher education is there and does not need to be taken from those who are low income.

The effects would be devastating. Blind people who now receive Medicaid would not be able to receive their medication. The possibility of blind people having to go into long-term-care facilities would be staggering for the economy. Those receiving personal care attendants would lose that also, as it is carried by Medicaid. If child-care subsidies are cut, it would increase those going onto welfare, as they would not be able to afford to work.

As a blind woman it would be personally devastating to me, as I would lose my personal care attendant and not be able to afford my medication. If blind and low income families of Missouri are being targeted currently, then who will be their next victims?