New Colorado Medicaid program helps middle class with long-term issues (Denver Post)

December 16, 2012 – The state of Colorado agreed, expanding Medicaid in July to allow middle-class families of children with severe, ongoing disabilities to “buy in” to the insurance traditionally for the low-income. For a $90-a-month premium, (parents) now have covered the therapies, the pricey equipment and the specialized prescriptions that keep (their disabled children) on a path to improvement. The new benefit is being used by more than 160 children. It’s being paid for with funds from the hospital provider fee created in 2009 to expand Medicaid eligibility in Colorado, and federal matching money. The state says no Colorado general funds are used for the Children’s Buy-In.


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