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Should Medicaid Recipients pay co-payments for Doctor's visits and Prescriptions?

If you have a private insurance you know that every time you visit a Doctor you would have to pay a co-payment ($5-$50). Obtaining your prescription would include paying a deductible and a copayment as well.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:28 PM on Feb. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Well I used to work in a doctors office and Medicaid does have a in florida its around $2 but we always had pople begging off on the money.....most didnt pay and were in weekly for there pain pills and such.....
    hate to say this but I wondered why they even needed the medicaid, they usually drove nice cars to the office......yes I know that sounds bad but if you can afford a Lexus,mercedes, or cadillac you can afford your co-pay......

    Answer by michaux at 10:56 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • No. they need medicaid for a reason.

    Answer by mywonderyears at 2:30 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • I have medicaid and i DO pay a copayment for my perscriptions! and if i see a brand new doc, like switch practices i have to pay for that initial fee too. Aparently i make too much to have everything FREE doesnt bother me, it doesnt break the bank! But some medicaid reciepients DO pay!

    Answer by sweetstkissez22 at 2:35 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • In my state if your income is over a certain amount you will have to pay a co-pay on medicaid. If your income is under a certain amount then you don't pay a co-pay. Basically depends on wether your income is too low to afford a co-pay.

    Answer by momof2il at 2:40 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • No. If they have medicaid, they prolly can't afford it. Make them pay and all you are gonna get is kids that don't see the doctor cause their parents can't afford to take them. I mean, they already have to pay for the gas to get there, for some families that is hard in itself.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • President Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), which gave states greater leeway to impose cost–sharing, such as prescription co–pays, on Medicaid beneficiaries.Medicaid rules allowed nominal co-pays (i.e., $3 per service). Post-DRA, nominal co-pays are still allowed for Medicaid beneficiaries whose income is below the Federal Poverty Line (FPL), but these co-pays may now be indexed to medical inflation, which has been running at 4-5% annually. For beneficiaries whose income exceeds the FPL, the DRA allows the following co-pays:

    * 100-150% of Poverty: Cost-sharing up to 10% of item or service
    * Above 150% of Poverty: Cost-sharing up to 20% of item or service

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 3:36 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • I absolutely think they should pay a co-pay based on their income. Those very poor pay a couple of dollars, those with more income, but still not able to afford private insurance pay a higher co-pay. Doing something like this will allow more people to benefit from medicaid.

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 3:57 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • I did. Every state is different. Some states also have a program like medicaid but for people not as bad off - you have to pay a small monthly fee and you pay copays. But when I was on medicaid I did pay a copay, and I did have to pay for some of my kids' medications.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • I pay co-pays on ALL of my presciptions. Perhaps if had done a little research you would know that Medicaid is not always FREE.

    Did you also know that some Medicaid recipients PAY a certain amount of money to even get Medicaid coverage? OOOH shocking!!

    Answer by Fallaya at 4:13 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • There should be no such thing as medicaid anyway.

    Cant afford your kids .. don't have em.

    OHHH shocking to think that way huh?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:26 PM on Feb. 22, 2010