In the off chance my kids are covered, can I choose not to go to WCV/WBV and just take them in when they truly need medical attention? I hate having to expose them to nasty germs if they're healthy.
Anyone here have issues with HCP re: Vaccines? Can I dodge this?
I'm so afraid of the government thumbing us down saying, "We own you!" Which is why I wasn't interested in Medicaid in the first place.
I did have Medicaid during my pregnancy and used it for a sonogram and a discount for my MW's fee for a homebirth. That was it.
But....if you have a serious problem that medicaid would be great. For example, last year, my 9yo fell at the park and broke his arm. When we got to the hospital, they found a heart problem and we spent the night in ICU with lots of tests, monitoring and ekg's all night. One night in the hospital cost over 20,000. Our portion was only 2000 with regular insurance. Another friend's son had his appendix burst and had to spend several nights in the hospital. She had medicaid and spent nothing. She also has never vax'd any of her kids, so I know she was able to do it.
So, if it were me, I'd ask if you can skip dr's visits and just use it for emergencies. Are well-child visits mandatory? Can you pay for your own dr. your own way and only use the medicaid as back-up emergency care?
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I think it is good to have it and I would just fly under the radar ie don't use it until you HAVE to.
i get notices once a month or every few mos or so saying we are due for wbv but i ignore it. the letter says its not mandatory but that you may be entitled to extra services or rxs not usually covered.. but most everything is covered anyway yk?
DS Feb 2009
This is what we do. I was disgusted with the medicaid clinic we were assigned to, so I asked around and found a wonderful private doctor. I explained my situation and it turns out they charge a non-insured rate that is cheaper than the local (and awful) medicaid/no insurance clinic. No one from medicaid has bothered me yet - only a letter once a month with my renewal notice stating that a WBV is due.
Marilyn, wife to DH 09/02 and mama to my boys, DS1 11/06 and DS2 02/09, and a new one on the way in 06/12!