Still Advocating, September 28, 2015
by Laurie Levy,
Shame on Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) for making life even harder for parents of kids with special needs. And shame on our country for putting up with a healthcare system that is all about profits and doesn’t give a hoot for providing either health or care.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business (note, this is coming from a business publication) BCBS of Illinois plans to drop the plan many individuals and families on the Obamacare exchange have purchased. This is the plan that covers most of the providers and therapists who see children with special needs in Illinois. And I am only talking about those who even take insurance. Lots of them don’t, making it hard for middle class families to afford help for their children.
So now self-employed workers will have to choose between finding new therapists who will accept a different plan (good luck with that) or paying out of pockets for the services their children desperately need, which is largely unaffordable to families already burdened with huge expenses associated with the care of their children. Changing therapists or stopping treatment for kids with special needs is a huge deal. It should not be dictated by an insurance company looking to increase its bottom line.