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Senator Wyden taking notice on the effects of Medicaid cuts in Medford

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Senator Wyden toured the Avamere assisted living and nursing home facility Monday morning.

"They're educating me so I vote for the right stuff back there," said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

What the senator learned Medicaid and Medicare are vital for many.

"I’d probably be on the street right now,” said Danny Bell, a back and leg patient.

He fears doing away with this aid will leave him and the rest of us without options.

"Eventually it's going to affect us all and I’d really like to see them fix it and not to tear it up or scratch it or whatever," Bell said.

But the cuts have already taken affect for some.

Norma Samples relies on her prescription medication to help with her leg paralysis.

She says lately drug costs have spiked and they haven't been covered forcing her daughter to take on the burden.

"She's been paying out of pocket for a lot of things that should be provided,” said Samples.

Senator Wyden believes funding shouldn't be cut but rather augmented since our demographics are changing.

For the next couple of years 10,000 Americans will turn 65 each day.

And with an older demographic comes other complications.

"Medicare for example is no longer going to be about a broken ankle or say a bad case of the flue it's going to be about cancer and diabetes and chronic illness," said Wyden.

Illnesses which need funding because without it the effects trickle down to staff.

"Wages are going up about as fast as a little caterpillar climbs uphill, they're just not moving," said Wyden.

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