I am a graduate student in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona and my husband is a retired police officer. He worked for over two decades in a career that cycled drug offenders in and out of prison, time and again. The congressional movement to cut Medicaid funding for childless adults will cost more than tax dollars.

Cuts to Medicaid will directly impact the candidacy of people facing drug-related jail time to participate in DTAP. They will be unable to receive services that have the potential to end the cycle of recidivism. The cost savings that DTAP offers is estimated at $17,336 per person annually. But the contributions that a productive and rehabilitated adult can offer the community have a much higher value. Our communities will lose valuable resources by cutting Medicaid and the programs it funds.

Laura Vitkus

Vail

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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