I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s blindness. But just because she meets for coffee and doughnuts doesn’t mean she knows what goes on in the system.
This isn’t just coming from me. These are complaints I’ve heard from the 20 or so waiver support coordinators I work with. They’re all fed up with how the system has changed in the past year.
It isn’t just Medicaid either. My husband can’t get insurance because he has cerebral palsy, a “pre-existing condition” he was born with. The only way to get insured is through his employer, who won’t pay any of the premium. (That’s none of his fault, though. His company is run by a bunch of cheapskates.) So until he can get another job, he’s uninsurable.
I haven’t had insurance since I was in college. And I haven’t needed it. Since I’m a healthy person, I find I would have spent more on premiums than I would have on all the things I’ve bought out of pocket.
I understand that Mr. Obama is trying to get health care for everyone. But he’s going about it all the wrong way. (And, no, I didn’t agree with the way our previous President ran health care either.)
Medicare as a system runs rather smoothly, as long as you’re 65 or older. And straight medicaid (Not the waiver program they cut) is a terrible disaster. Their reimbursement rate is pitiful, not nearly enough to pay our staff. And you have to wait up to a week for a highly paid state backed MD to return your email requesting authorization, who’s only going to refute what the PCP wrote a prescription for. Meantime, your patient suffers because we can’t service him without this “state MD” giving us approval. Most of the doctors in this state don’t take Medicaid at all. And it’s no wonder why.