April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:30 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A new state law has forced
five-thousand children off state Medicaid rolls because their
parents can get health insurance elsewhere.
Whether that insurance is cheap is in debate.
The law ends Medicaid coverage for the children if their
parents' employers offer insurance deemed affordable.
But the switch can be steep. Medicaid costs 16 dollars a month.
The law considers private insurance plans that can charge up to 342
dollars a month in premiums as acceptable.
That means some children may now not have insurance if their
parents can't afford the private coverage.
The change is part of legislation cutting some 90-thousand
people from the state Medicaid program.