Family wrestles with state Medicaid bureaucracy

This story is from 2013. It is getting lots of reads today, maybe somebody finally cares. It’s worth re-posting.

BLNNews

by:  Steve Stout
steves@mywebtimes.com
6/1/2013

http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=476510&query=Chalkey

A Streator family, frustrated by the state’s constantly changing Medicaid rules and regulations, worries about the future well-being of their medically fragile son and other children like him as they fight the bureaucracy for help to keep his costly prescriptions within the family’s reach.

Gary and Christine Chalkey’s son, Jacob, 18, a junior at Streator Township High School, knows he is different from other teenagers. Since he was a baby, Jacob has suffered developmental delays and life-threatening seizures.

Photo: Photo provided Despite suffering from developmental delays since birth, Streator Township High School junior Jacob Chalkey is active and popular on the school's track and field team, sings in the Advance Choir and participates in social functions. His parents, Gary and Christine Chalkey, continue to fight against the state's Medicaid bureaucracy to keep the medication Jacob requires within their reach. Photo: Photo provided
Despite suffering from developmental delays since birth, Streator Township High School junior Jacob Chalkey is active and popular on the school’s track and field team, sings in the Advance Choir and participates in social functions. His parents, Gary and Christine Chalkey, continue to fight against the state’s Medicaid bureaucracy to keep the medication Jacob requires within their reach.

“Jacob has such an unusually rare…

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  1. Thanks for proving again how uninformed you far righties are.

    ACA. Look it up Diane and then thank a Democrat.

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    • If facts are beyond your comprehension I can easily kick you off permanently. I proved you wrong earlier, no apology. Keep it up dude! This site is for people who actually use their brain. The story is from far after ACA. What don’t you get?

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    • Say, Tommy…

      When the NCAA finals are set, could you tell us who is going to win it? Seeing as you haven’t been right about a SINGLE thing since you’ve started posting here, I thought I could lay out some action on the OTHER team and really clean up.

      Thank you

      Sent from nowhere near Tommy’s La-La Land

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    • While I’m glad there is someone with another point of view posting, I really wish Tom had something to say of substance. I enjoy talking with people who think different than I do and can intelligently articulate why they believe what they do.

      Tom, I do wonder if you have ever been on Medicaid? Being a foster parent, our foster children are on Medicaid, so I have experience with it. It’s definitely much worse than dealing with private insurance companies. Also, it is difficult to find a doctor that will take it, and the waits are long when you do find one.

      I suspect that doctors take Medicaid out of a desire to do good. I doubt they make enough money to justify the work it takes to get paid. Any doctors out there that can comment?

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      • Medical practices are highly specialized, private small businesses. Medicaid/Medicare payments cover less than half the cost of the service. There reaches a point where revenue doesn’t meet expenses. In some cases doctors don’t take new Medicaid/Medicare patients. Sometimes the doctor just shutters the practice.

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    • Having recently retired and having to get insurance through ACA i have one question for u Tom. My monthly payment is 100 dollars, the government is paying 568 dollars for my coverage. So my question to you is how in the hell is the government going to be able to afford this for millions of people for very long????

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