Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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What’s right with health care reform……

Posted by lboyd544 on March 23, 2012

According to my friend, Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, one of the least discussed aspects of the Affordable Care Act (dubbed ‘Obamacare’ by dissenters) is one of the most popular:  the expansion of Medicaid to cover low-income adults. The Kaiser Family Foundation published a poll last week reflecting a full 70% of those polled favor this aspect of health care reform. Given all the negative we hear about the ACA, it is useful to have a complete picture that includes those portions either working now (such as access to their parents’ insurance for young adults up to age 26) and those portions proposed that the public supports (such as Medicaid expansion).

Reasons Medicaid remains a popular program to the public-at-large:

  • Medicaid does not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.  In fact, those who have been turned down by private insurers due to pre-existing conditions in the past often turned to Medicaid for help.
  • Medicaid is cost-effective and spends less on administrative costs than private health insurance plans.
  • Medicaid provides comprehensive coverage that includes the definitive standard of care recommended by pediatricians known as Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT).

Once again, the public seems to be very able to consider what benefits Americans. Let’s not allow political-speak from any ‘talking heads’ to give us only partial information.

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