THe health control legislation [HR 3590] expands Medicaid eligibility. John Goodman explains how Medicaid‘s denial of coverage are worse than private insurers:
During the year leading up to the final passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the White House set up a special Web site and invited all Americans to post their own personal stories about insurance company abuses. During the days leading up to the final vote on the bill, the president and congressional supporters used almost every television opportunity to trot out these cases — sometimes in graphic detail.
Yet, in all the episodes of abuse, do you recall even a single instance where an insurer:
- Arbitrarily dropped coverage for tens of thousands of enrollees with the stroke of a pen — just to save money.
- Dropped entire categories of care — such as dental care or home health care — because it decided these services were too costly?
- Arbitrarily reduced the fees it paid to doctors and hospitals, pushing many out of its network, and leaving its enrollees with serious access to care problems?
Probably not. For a private insurer, each of these activities would be a serious violation of contract. There is one insurer that does these things routinely. It’s called Medicaid and about half of all the newly insured people under the PPACA will be enrolling in it.
Read the whole article on Medicaid rescissions, also published in Kaiser Health News.