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O-Care Switches Kids From CHIP To Medicaid

From the New York Post:

ObamaCare vs. children’s health

By SCOTT GOTTLIEB | February 19, 2013

If you’re a poor child, and you like your health plan, you can’t keep it.

In fact, it’s now clear that ObamaCare will force tens of millions of Americans to accept inferior health coverage to what they have now. The most-threatened groups include: people who now get their policies from a job at a small business, those who buy individual coverage direct from an insurer, seniors who qualify for Medicaid as well as Medicare and kids enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP…

CHIP provides health coverage to nearly 8 million children of families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. The program has plenty of flaws, but often gets kids enrolled in plans that are a lot better than traditional Medicaid — the equivalent of a Blue Cross plan in some states, of the insurance state employees get in others. Yet ObamaCare will force many into Medicaid networks.

And just try to find a good doctor who takes Medicaid these days. Or any kind of doctor.

At risk are CHIPS kids whose parents earn between 100 percent and 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level — which comes out to $23,000 to $31,000 a year for a family of four.

Here’s how it works: An obscure provision buried the ObamaCare law’s Section 2001(a)(5)(B) automatically enrolls in Medicaid any child whose parents earn between 100 percent and 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line — even if the kids are now getting better coverage from CHIP.

The provision makes these kids a “mandatory Medicaid population,” so it applies to all states. As long as the parents are in that income zone, the kids are on Medicaid (even if the parents aren’t). Goodbye, CHIP…

Tough luck, kids!

Still, just think of all of those poor slobs who have valiantly kept smoking against all odds just to fund the CHIP program for poor children. And now those poor children are going to lose their healthcare coverage under CHIP, anyway, thanks to some obscure provision in Obama-Care.

Maybe smokers can sue over this ‘bait and switch.’

Poor seniors are in a similar jam. Under “demonstration” programs being rolled out nationally by Medicare, “dual eligibles” — seniors who also qualify for Medicaid — are involuntarily losing their standard Medicare benefit.

Their coverage is being turned over to the states, which get federal cash to manage the medical needs of these less-well-off, and often sickly, seniors. And some states are dumping these folks straight into their existing Medicaid networks.

Tough luck, gramps!

These are just some of the dislocations unfolding, and ObamaCare isn’t even in full swing…

Heck, most of the law has probably not even been read yet.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

What does some lowly doctor know about healthcare, compared to Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “O-Care Switches Kids From CHIP To Medicaid”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Bait and Switch

    From the Government?

  2. seandougsnyder says:

    This is what happens when we pass bills in order to find out what’s in them.

    Seems like every provision in OCare is an “obscure provision”

  3. mr_bill says:

    AARP is sending out postcards to respond to the “dual eligibility” conditions and the subsequent loss of standard Medicare benefits. The postcard reads simply: “SUCKER!!”

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