Point of View: Don’t Take Health Coverage From Struggling Residents

My Palm Beach Post

By: Anne Swerlick

It seems counterintuitive, but Medicaid work requirements actually take health coverage away from workers. That’s because workers get tripped up by new red tape, paperwork and bureaucratic hurdles, such as having to report their hours through faulty online portals. Similarly, people with disabilities or caregivers also end up losing coverage because they face the same bureaucratic hurdles to prove they can’t work.

These losses hurt the whole family. When parents are uninsured, their children are likely to be uninsured and tend to go to the doctor less frequently than their covered peers, according to the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute (CCF). Additionally, notes CCF, families are more likely to be burdened by medical debt and bankruptcy.

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