I continue to read definitions of MEA as the minimum altitude across the entire segment to ensure obstacle clearance and navigation/comm signal reception. It also states that this is the lowest altitude across the entire segment.
The way I interpret this is that as I fly towards the segment I must be at or above the MEA when I enter the segment to ensure that minimum across the entire segment. Given this why is there a need for MCA (minimum crossing altitude)? The MCA definition requires that minimum altitude at the segment boundary. Why would the MEA not be sufficient?