Poor Medicaid Patients Could Soon Be Stiffed With Higher Fees
Obama administration trying to butter up Obamacare-hating Republican states
Millions of low-income people, many of them disproportionately black and Latino, could soon be required to fork up money they don’t have for Medicaid health care coverage. Under a proposed federal policy, the Obama administration is trying to lure Obamacare-hating Republican states into its programs by allowing those states to charge higher co-payments and premiums for doctors’ services deemed non-emergency care. The 2010 Affordable Care Act extended Medicaid to many adults without children and others who were previously ineligible. But the new proposal could severely hurt low-income families. For instance, a family of three with an annual income of $30,000 could be required to pay $1,5000 in premiums and co-payments. Leonardo D. Cuello of the National Health Law Program, expressed concern that “many people will be funneled into health insurance exchanges even though they have special needs that are better met in Medicaid.” The public has until Feb. 13 to comment on the Obama administration's proposal. Comments can be submitted at www.regulations.gov. (New York Times)
Before you submit your comments to the government, tell us, do you know a Medicaid beneficiary and how could the change effect them?