Forced into Medicaid — 2 Comments

  1. Dear Frugal Nurse, I wholeheartedly agree with your niece’s feelings on Medicaid.

    I, too was forced into signing up for Medicaid. I believed I could get a subsidy plan thru the healthcare market from my state, but was told my only option was Medicaid.

    It went from bad to worse when I contacted the only three Medicaid-approved community clinics in my area. One could no longer accept new patients. The other two had 9-15 month waits before a new patient could be seen.

    I couldn’t believe how badly over-burdened the ACA has made Medicaid. Rather than just accept it, I did the only thing I could do. I contacted Medicaid and demanded to be released from their coverage, which they promptly did with no arguments.

    Of course, now I have no coverage. And now I risk being fined for not conforming to this mandatory coverage debacle. Being a student and part time worker like your niece, I can not afford a full price plan from my state’s healthcare marketplace. But I absolutely refuse to be a part of this government sponsored absurdity.

    I hope others take this to note: they can fine us, but they can’t force us.

    • Thanks for the comment, and I’m sorry you are one of the victims of the ACA. Not only is Medicaid overburdened, but most states still have a law that allows them to “recover” the costs of your care by seizing assets after your death. It’s just another unforeseen and unintended (I think) consequence of this massive, burdensome law. Stay healthy! FN