Thousands of Children Forced Off State Medicaid Rolls

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)