Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The States Save the Feds

Medicaid Expenditures (N.Y.)


Perhaps the greatest problem with the new Medicare Part D benefit concerns those 6 million clients on Medicaid. When the "benefit" went into effect, the Medicaid folks were arbitrarily placed on random Part D plans. Previously, Medicaid paid for drugs needed by those in direst need, particularly the disabled. Now these people must pay the $250 deductible and whatever copayments are set up by whichever Part D plan they were placed on. Who is to say whether they have the bucks to do this ? By definition, if you qualify for Medicaid, you don't have the money. They may be forced to deal with costs incured should they reach the "donut hole" where they must pay full costs for a stretch. In some cases, the new plan has so confused, distressed, and disserved Medicaiders that they have gone off their meds (especially in mental health areas) requiring a hospital stay, which naturally costs more. Some states ,like Maine and California, have begun emergency plans to help these people and save the Federal program. Heckuva job, Dubya.

2 Comments:

Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

A 'donut hole'?! It has a donut hole?! Jesus Squeezes...

7:39 AM  
Blogger Floyd said...

Hey Jim the medicaid individual recieves a little over $600 a month,that is a fact. I am on the Medicare myself but have not taken the bait,just today I read and have actually blogged how the Repugs.have pushed through 216/214,oh may I say please vote in the mid-terms.
Anyway the cuts are coming and guess what they are stabbing the middle-class everywhere they can,medicare,medicaid and of cource we can't leave out our children yeah you guessed it STUDENT LOANS!!!!!!!!
The disabled are suffering most with the King's plan,you know what else is ironic? The media is talking about people cutting pills in two,to save money,can you believe it? They are contributing to the AXIS...

9:49 PM  

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