A Springfield man who has found his case thrust in the middle of the Medicaid debate at the Capitol says it has been distorted. 33-year-old Shawn Vickers claims Representative Brad Roark of Springfield left out important information when claiming Vickers has built a new home and has a $100,000 account. Vickers says he doesn’t want to go public with his personal finances. Vickers is a hemophiliac who contracted HIV through contaminated blood products. He received a $100,000 one-time payment from the federal government, which cannot be used to calculate assets to deny Medicaid coverage. Representative Roark says that just because the federal government doesn’t count it, doesn’t mean the public shouldn’t know about it. Roark says the main question surrounding Medicaid is: are we truly helping the truly needy.
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