My husband has health insurance through his work, but my kids and I, for the past several years, have had a (not very good) cheap plan with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield that I got through ehealthinsurance.com. Well, Regence is eliminating that plan and just about tripling the cost of the "replacement" plan, which is actually even worse (higher deductible, fewer options, etc.). The cost of health insurance is just exorbitant, especially considering that we've never even USED our coverage at all, except when I was pregnant and the first few weeks after that for routine newborn care with my midwife. Anyway, because of the increase in cost, we are considering going with the state's Healthy Kids program, which we would qualify for, according to the financial criteria I found on the web site. But my biggest concern is this: I prefer to keep the government out of my business as much as possible. We don't vaccinate at all (I may consider allowing a few select vaccinations somewhere down the road, but not in the near future). We homeschool, so I haven't even had to worry about filling out an exemption form or anything yet (my oldest is only 6). I am worried that, by signing up for a state health program, that we will be hassled about not vaccinating. I don't want some case worker showing up at my door, saying, "I looked at your records and noticed that you don't vaccinate your children...." Does this even happen? If anyone has experience with being on OHP/Healthy Kids and not vaccinating, I would love to hear about your experience, positive or negative. I am in Multnomah County.
Oregon: Considering OHP/Healthy Kids for the First Time...Help!
Hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you. I just wanted to assure you, as a person in a position to know, that no one from the state government is going to hassle you about vaccinating, or not vaccinating, your children. Please do not allow that concern to keep you from getting the insurance coverage and health care that you need. Healthy Kids is a fabulous program and I'm glad that you've discovered it.
Hi...I am curious about how you learned/suspected Celiacs with your youngest child? I have a severe gluten intolerance (never tested for Celiac diagnosis, however)--and I'm concerned my son is sensitive too. He's only two, so can't communicate about feelings/symptoms himself very effectively yet, but I think I notice patterns that are red flags to me, so I don't give him any gluten (which is easy, usually, as I don't consume any either). The problem is, he spends a fair amount of time with his dad and his paternal grandparents, and they don't believe my concerns. Can you help me on the road to helping him? Thanks.