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AP Cheers: SC Signs Up 3,100 More For Medicaid!

From the Associated Press:

Many insured South Carolina residents must buy new health plan

OCTOBER 27, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly a month into the health care rollout, at least one group tasked with helping South Carolina’s uninsured sign up for coverage in 2014 hasn’t been able to assist anyone through the problem-riddled federal website. However, several thousand residents have sought Medicaid coverage through the state’s new online application.

Note how the AP just mentions this detail in passing, to get it out of the way. We aren’t given any specific numbers until the very bottom of this long article.

And many South Carolinians with health insurance are learning they too must buy a new policy. Despite President Barack Obama’s promise that those who like their health plans will be able to keep it, residents across the country are being notified they must switch to a more comprehensive, and often more expensive, policy that complies with the federal law…

It isn’t "many" who are going to have to buy new plans. It will eventually be everyone, since no insurance company will be able to afford to offer coverage at the old rates with all of the new Obama-Care ‘mandates.’

Officials with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, the state’s largest insurer, declined to answer any questions last week from The Associated Press on the issue…

Maybe because the Obama administration has told them to clam up. Just like they told them to clam up about the number of enrollees. And Blue Cross knows which side of the bread its butter is on.

Other health insurers in South Carolina include Aetna Inc., which bought out Coventry Health Care earlier this year. It’s notifying about 3,600 policyholders in the state that their plans won’t exist next year, so they’ll need to choose a new one when theirs is set to renew, said Aetna spokesman Walt Hernia…

Customers’ new options may come at a much higher cost, but with broader benefits. The federal law requires individual and small group plans to cover 10 benefit categories it deems essential. Those include maternity care, mental health and substance abuse services, children’s dental and vision care, therapy for injuries and chronic conditions, and preventive services such as health screenings, diet counseling, and immunizations.

Because everyone needs maternity leave, child dental and vision, substance abuse, diet counseling. Not to mention free birth control pills and free a abortions and probably free sex change operations. So it’s a fair trade off.

"Policies will cover more of your medical bills, which is good news, but when you buy more protection, it costs more. For some people, it will be a shock," said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation…

Maybe because we were told by Obama and his lickspittle lackeys at Kaiser that premiums would cost a lot less.

Meanwhile, South Carolina’s Medicaid agency doled out detailed stats in touting the success of its new online application, also launched Oct. 1.

South Carolina’s Republican leadership refused to expand Medicaid eligibility to adults making up to 138 percent of poverty — an expansion that was made an option for states under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the federal law.

Meaning, those mean Republicans didn’t lower the income threshold for Medicaid.

Still, the state Department of Health and Human Services expects roughly 200,000 people who were already eligible to enroll in the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled as they learn of the option, enroll to avoid fines, lose insurance through their jobs or can no longer afford it.

By Wednesday, nearly 3,100 Medicaid applications had been submitted online, accounting for one of every seven filled out over the 23 days. In that time period, nearly 12,400 people had visited the Medicaid website, and more than 6,600 people had created accounts, said agency spokeswoman Colleen Mullis.

The 21,325 total applications received represented an increase of several thousand more than the daily average before Oct. 1, according to the agency.

What a success story. Still, why is this increase in Medicaid sign-ups happening? Is it because of lack of income verification or what?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, October 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP Cheers: SC Signs Up 3,100 More For Medicaid!”

  1. Again, from earlier Comment – isn’t Medicare based on needs assessment? Restricted except to the truly needy?

  2. canary

    I thought Medicaid was based on severity of a medical condition and the person’s low income in not being able to work.

    Medicare I thought was for anyone 75. Then I heard 65, and now I’m being told the age has been changed to anyone aged 62.

    Apparently, Medicaid has a lot to do with the state.

    I did not know one could get both Medicaid and Medicare, and thought only Medicare for elderly paid for in-home service.

    “Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services. If you qualify for Medicaid in your state, you automatically qualify for Extra Help paying your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).

    How to apply for Medicaid

    Each state has different rules about eligibility and applying for Medicaid. Call your state Medicaid program to see if you qualify and learn how to apply.

    Medicaid spend down

    Even if your income exceeds Medicaid income levels in your state, you may be eligible under Medicaid spend down rules. Under the “spend down” process, some states allow you to become eligible for Medicaid as “medically needy,” even if you have too much income to qualify. This process allows you to “spend down,” or subtract, your medical expenses from your income to become eligible for Medicaid.

    To be eligible as “medically needy,” your measurable resources also have to be under the resource amount allowed in your state. Call your state Medicaid program to see if you qualify and learn how to apply.”

    Hmm. Well, my 89 year old dad who lost his leg WWII who went to the VA last few years ended up being screwed. But, then he would not let me help him.

    He just slightly fractured his hip. I started walking on the left side of him with the fake leg thinking he’d fall to his left as he refused to give up a cane and get a walker, the walker being difficult to
    fold in and out the car without him falling. His good leg is shot to heck from bearing the weight, and his elbows are shot to heck.

    So, he goes flying forward. He is stubborn, has no surgery which was a great move because he’s healed up great, and surgery would probably have killed him. And for the first time he has
    physical therapist coming to home, and it’s a good thing the hospital set it up for him, as he had no idea what medicare or medicaid is.

    And he finally got a walker. I tease him, when I get mine, we will have races.

    I’d say he’s more close to the character of John Wayne than many and he never ceases to amaze anyone when it comes to being stubborn about getting any medical treatment.
    Amazing is he considers paying $30 dollars a month for medicine way to much and won’t go on anymore medicine. And he keeps on living. He said the Ibuprofen I got him, worked better than the script. That does not surprise me.

  3. captstubby

    or is John Wayne basing his movie roles on Men like you father.
    “The Greatest Generation” all right.

    reminds me of this movie line;

    Subotai: Hey, old man, where did you get this stuff?

    “The Wizard: The dead… the gods are pleased with you, they will watch the battle.

    Conan: Are they going to help?

    The Wizard: No.

    Conan: Well, then tell them to stay out of the way. “


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