I am a resident in a nursing home in Eureka. I am very worried about my quality of care as you want to reduce our Medicaid for long-term care. I have Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, legally blind in one eye and can't walk. I worked as a Superior Court Clerk in San Diego with a leg brace, using a cane until I lost my sight in my left eye and had bathroom problems.

I took a disability retirement after working 19 years. I only went on Medicaid after entering a nursing home. My retirement is $41,200 a year with $50 a month for $600 yearly that I'm allow to keep as mandated by Medicaid. With the $50 I pay for over-the-counter drugs, clothing, telephone, paper, stamps, hair cuts and all beauty parlor needs, etc. or I go without.

I also have limited medical and dental coverage. If I committed a crime and went prison all these things plus better meals, total medical and dental coverage, computer in their cell, and many things that I have to pay for they get for free.

The House added back $20 million in federal funds but without the state matching general funds we cannot use the federal money. The Governor wants to use $10 million for highways and road repairs. Aren't people more important? I do not drink or smoke and no one in my family has Multiple Sclerosis. We couldn't help getting sick and old. Please don't punish us.

-- Antoinette Newman, Eureka

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