I wish I could wash you away in the sink!
(my apologies to Shel Silverstein)
Actually, I love TennCare. But we're about to lose it. Ugh.
The gist of the issue is that Becca is technically disabled (because of her birth weight, her extensive hospitalization, her delays, and her significant risks for further delays), so she has been covered by TennCare, Tennessee's Medicaid. Since we have private insurance, TennCare has functioned as our secondary insurance, covering several thousands of dollars of bills each year. A specific court case has settled, allowing the state to purge the TennCare rolls of kids (and adults) who qualify for SSI based on their disability but don't qualify for SSI checks because of their parents' income and/or resources (and, mind you, it's not like our one-income parsonage family generates millions). We are appealing, etc., but the end game is that we'll lose the coverage (unless we are reading the guidelines incorrectly). But yes, this means that the grand old state of Tennessee is taking away health coverage for the most fragile of children because, say, their parents both work, or they own 2 cars, or are responsible people and have more than $6000 in the bank. Because apparently $6000 in the bank will cover the nearly $900,000 in bills Becca has accumulated in the first 18 months of life.
This story about our friends, the Sheppards, explains the situation fairly well. When we lose our coverage our medical bills won't be as great as theirs, but we are looking at some significant expenses, particularly with some extensive ear procedures on the horizon and the likelihood of our losing our WIC eligibility based on this development (remember how much Becca's milk costs?).
So, TennCare, I love you...whatever bureaucracy that is breaking us up...I hate you.