Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Saving Medicaid, Saving Our Future

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Saving Medicaid, Saving Our Future

Article excerpt

The parents of a 3-year-old are silent as they sit in their pediatrician's office in Potosi. They have just learned their son has leukemia. The treatment will be long and hard, but at least it is a type of leukemia that usually has a good outcome. Yet they are also frightened because, between the two of them, they are working five part-time jobs just to keep their family's heads above water. So they are relieved to hear that Medicaid will cover the bulk of the enormous cost of their child's treatments.

A father in St. Louis talks to his child's pediatrician about the abuse his son endured before he was able to get custody of him. He is grateful that his son is slowly making progress toward trust because he is able to see mental health providers paid for through Medicaid.

A mother in another office, this one in Chesterfield, is worried because her husband was just laid off when his company downsized, and she wants to make sure her child gets her vaccines on time. She is reassured to find out that her child can stay up to date through the Vaccines for Children program.

These are just a few of hundreds, if not thousands, of stories that can be told by any pediatrician in Missouri about families in distress, and how Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have been lifesaving for so many children in the Show-Me state. Medicaid is the federal health insurance program designed to ensure those who are poor and/or disabled can get the care they need. CHIP is designed to fill in gaps for those who may not be eligible for Medicaid yet cannot afford health care coverage. These programs are administered through the state, and together they are known as MO HealthNet for Kids. They provide a lifeline for approximately a half-million children and adolescents in Missouri.

What many people don't realize is that more than 30 percent of Missouri's children and teenagers nearly one of every three get health care through MO HealthNet for Kids. And these children and teens live in nearly every community, county and neighborhood in Missouri. Beyond that, two-thirds of Medicaid and CHIP enrollees in Missouri are children, yet they account for less than half of all Medicaid spending. …

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