Possible Medicaid Replacement

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Monday, February 05 2007 Feb 5, 2007 Monday, February 05, 2007 6:54:48 PM CST February 05, 2007 in News

Medicaid is set to expire in July of next year. Columbia resident Lana Wiseman is worried about whether she'll be covered under Health-Net.

"I'm going to have to move away from the friends and people that I love here in Missouri to go get health care somewhere else," Wiseman said.

Wiseman worries she won't be able to get access to physical therapy and to dental and eye care. But legislators say it's too early to tell who or what will be covered under the new plan.

"That's what the Legislature's going to do. So, for someone to say they're not covered, we don't know. And we don't know that everyone is going to be covered," said Frank Siano of the Missouri Association of Health Plans.

Wiseman thinks the possibility that some people will not get coverage just shouldn't happen.

"What we need is a single program that covers absolutely every citizen from conception to death for any medical needs they have, no matter what they are," Wiseman said.

And some don't think that's likely.

"I hope something good comes from it. Not real optimistic," Columbia resident Alice Van Dyke said.

Siano stresses that the details have not been hammered out yet and so people under Medicaid shouldn't worry right now.

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