As pediatricians, we often explain health and wellness to families in simple terms. And simply, the current rhetoric about Medicaid is bad for kids. About 40 percent of American children are enrolled in Medicaid, but they represent about 20 percent of Medicaid’s costs.
Also, through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment benefit in Medicaid, these children are able to receive appropriate, evidence-based care. We know that because of Medicaid, children do better in school , become healthier adults and earn higher wages.
The changes to Medicaid being currently discussed would reduce access and services for children. We must remember Fredrick Douglass’s plea, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Daniel Levy, Columbia
The writer is national officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Ankoor Shah, Washington
The writer is vice president of the D.C. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Trump repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, besides reducing benefits of the ACA for many, also contains tax gains for the very rich and cynicism verging on deceit. The bill would repeal more than $200 billion of taxes assessed on the very rich, which helped to pay some of the costs of the ACA.
The bill neglects to mention that federal employees are covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, a government-run and government- administered program. A government program that negotiates with private insurance companies regarding which insurance plans are available and limits insurance prices and coverage, FEHB has been successful for decades. It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel.
Bernard Singer, Springfield