Originally Posted by mammal_mama
Do you think maybe your younger age might've helped you with being able to decline some tests?
I'd heard (from at least 2 people) that applying for Medicaid in the third trimester of my pregnancy would set some really unwelcome processes in motion. Since I didn't apply, I never found out firsthand. My friends just advised me that it'd be less complicated to stay out of the system at that point, and apply after the fact if I needed to.
Don't want to turn this into a Medicaid thread.
I don't think my age had anything to do with it. Doctors do not have the right to force any unwanted tests on a person, no matter what insurance they have. Medicaid is state funded insurance, but it is still insurance and that's all it is. There no extra rules that have to followed with Medicaid than there are with any other insurance. All laws applying to patient's rights, including the right to refuse any tests or procedures due to personal or religious reasons, are still intact, no matter what insurance you have.
I applied for Medicaid in my 3rd trimester w/ my 2nd son. I was working as a temp and they didn't hire me, so I lost insurance when I took off for maternity leave at around 8 mos. Nothing "bad" happened to me. I kept my OB and they didn't treat me any differently. I refused all tests, and they didn't give me any harder of a time after I switched to Medicaid.
I had a homebirth with my 3rd. Medicaid doesn't cover homebirths in my state, but I did go to the chiropractor often and it did cover his services. Nothing was ever said to me about having a homebirth. I did get a call asking why I hadn't picked a healthcare provider for my pregnancy, and did I need help finding one, but I said I was seeing a homebirth midwife and they said oh, well call us if you need help in the future finding a covered provider. That was it.