Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:11 pm
By Sarah Varney
Luz Sepada, 59, lives in South Tucson, Ariz. Before the University of Arizona Health Plan assumed control of her medical care, Sepada was hospitalized 10 times in one year. After she was assigned a UAHP case manager, Sepada has been able to stay at home with no trips to the emergency department.
Can for-profit health insurance companies be trusted to take care of the nation's sickest and most expensive patients?
Many states, under an initiative supported by the Obama administration, are planning to let the companies manage health care for those elderly and disabled people covered by both Medicare and Medicaid.
Torrie Smith, 3, left, holds an apple at their home in Denver on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Torrie's parents talked about their experience getting dental treatment through Medicaid for Torrie after she fell and broke four front teeth.
Credit Joe Mahoney / I-News
When she was 3, Torrie Smith tripped on an uneven sidewalk, fell face down onto some steps and broke four front teeth.