My friend's 2 children are on Chips. She just found out that her pediatrician no longer takes the medical assistance. She is getting a new doctor but in the mean time her son needs his tetnus updated to allow him to participate in some school program. He is autistic and she really wants him in this program but the new doctor can't get them in until they get the records switched. etc.
So even though money is tight she called her normal peds and said "I understand you no longer take MA but can I just pay out of pocket for the tetnus so he can join this program". The doctor's office said "no, that is insurance fraud, if you have state insurance you can't pay out of pocket."
Does anyone know why?