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Law & Order – Lying Politicians Unit

Adam Searing and Jack McCoy are on the case of Senator Burr’s latest misstatements. The health reform debate is heating up and NC’s Burr is taking the opportunity to bash Medicaid. Only problem – NC’s Medicaid is a model program where innovation is saving millions of dollars while delivering care that equals or exceeds that in the private sector:

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  1. Kimberly

    December 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

    As a Mother to 3 children with Cystic Fibrosis and 1 adult child with a severe Brain Injury, all of whom are on Medicaid, I can tell you that Richard Burr doesn’t know what he is talking about when he is speaking about Medicaid. Medicaid definately does provide case management, preventive medical care, and excellent chronic disease management services. Medicaid is far better than any private health plan for children with special health care needs, especially for children with very expensive and complicated diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. Medicaid is not perfect. I wish we could increase the income caps so life isn’t so hard on the families and we wouldn’t have to sacrifice so much to ensure that our children qualify. I wish Medicaid would cover more of the medications that are needed such as the specialty vitamins because certain medications are required by Cystic Fibrosis patients that are currently not covered. I wish we could improve the mental health and dental coverage under Medicaid so that more children could access mental health services and dental services without financially hurting the families that are already strapped for cash just to maintain qualification for Medicaid. Basically, I would like to see more kids covered and more things covered under Medicaid while still allowing the parents to earn a decent income. But other than that, Medicaid is the best insurance option available right now for children with expensive, complicated, and chronic conditions. I am a firm believer of providing more funding to Medicaid so we can help more children and their families. Richard Burr needs to talk to families that are utilizing Medicaid to provide health care for treatment of severe chronic conditions before he opens his mouth and spouts his rhetoric against Medicaid.

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