Let persons work past 65 if able

It is often the case that when the state legislature cuts an important program, the cities and counties are left paying the bill. Therefore, property taxes go up again. This may occur again because the legislature cut $22 million from the Emergency Medical Assistance Program during the government shutdown last July.

About 2,300 enrollees who rely on chemotherapy, dialysis, prescription drugs, mental health and dental services will be able to be treated only in hospital emergency rooms or hospital in-patient services. This was scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2012, then postponed to Jan. 8, 2012. As it stands today, during the appeals process, patients who appeal to the Minnesota Department of Human Services will get their treatments as they did before the new rule was made. No one knows yet what the final outcome will be.

Another, but different program, called Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities, encourages persons who can work to work until age 65. (About 200 persons in Minnesota are on this program). But people are living longer lives and some want to work beyond the age of 65. Legislators have failed to pass bill(s) that would push the age above 65 and allow patients who are able to work beyond 65 to keep their savings to $3,000 and go on Medical Assistance. If people want to, and are able to work after age 65, they should be able to get an exception or waiver. They should be allowed to be employed if they are able to do the work, keep the money they save and live where they can afford to live

Ruth Jones

Oak Park Heights