Earlier this year, our son was required to be admitted into residential treatment care. While he's currently listed as disabled (Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Savantism & Self Injurious Behaviour issues) we had hoped for the best. Most insurance cuts off his form of treatment, so more then a year ago, at a lot of advice, we moved to get him on SSI/Medicaid as a means of support. It was a huge help.
In the middle of his stay in residential care, the State of Kansas saw fit to terminate his medicaid. 4 months later, more than $7,000 worth of drug expenses, at a rate of almost $1,100 a month in drugs later we received notice they had decided that he should not be covered.
We went back and forth. First there was a rejection over how much I make in a year. Which was resolved based on his other qualifications. Then we were rejected because we couldn't prove his younger brother was a US citizen (REALLY!). Finally, after several back and forths we contacted an outside service to help... and low and behold this week, notice of acceptance.
I'm waiting for the conservative mantra that denounces people like myself for being "deadbeats" for hoping for insurance care. I have no problem paying for insurance for our son.. if I could get it that would actually cover him.
But it's like I say to my more conservative friends in my facebook feed: you try shelling out $220 a week in prescriptions at the pharmacy not counting doctors appointments and tell me how well it works out for you.
Tomorrow for the first time in four months, I'm going to fill a full months prescription on multiple drugs.
If you think better access to insurance or lowered cost don't change lives.. wow.