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5 Ways Obamacare Inhibits Vaccines and Childhood Immunization?

By    |   Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:40 AM

The Affordable Care Act offers plans that include scheduled vaccines for children. Millions of families still aren't getting these preventive services from Obamacare because of confusion or financial concerns.

Here are five reasons why Obamacare is inhibiting vaccines and childhood immunization:

1. Lack of awareness about the options available through Obamacare caused many families to remain uninsured. So they didn't take advantage of the preventive care services, including regularly scheduled vaccines for children. Some 30 million adults still didn't have health insurance in 2015. According to CNN Money, it's estimated that nearly half of them would be eligible for government assistance for health care. However, about two-thirds of people in a Kaiser Family Foundation survey says they didn't think they could afford the coverage or were told they weren't eligible for insurance.

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2. The difficulty in choosing a financially sound plan may cause some people to stick to their old plans that don't offer immunization programs for children. Out-of-pocket payments for the lower-cost Obamacare plans are higher than the more generous plans. According to BloombergView, the insurer will cover 60 percent of health care costs for the lowest-cost plan, compared to 90 percent of coverage for the premium plans. There are several tiers of plans. Obamacare offers subsidizing on a sliding scale for the poorest of beneficiaries. But people in the middle tiers will pay more for doctor visits than they would through employer-based health-care plans.

3. The debate surrounding the ACA leads to reluctance of families to enroll in Obamacare plans that provide preventive care for children. Turning over a huge part of the nation's medical care industry to the government continues to spawn outrage among people opposed to it. According to Politico, lower and middle class families don't necessarily have the time to review options available for their children, but they do hear complaints and debates about Obamacare almost daily. So they choose not to enroll in the plans.

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4. The government-run health care insurance exchange plans could dramatically increase costs of the Obamacare operation in the years to come. According to CNS News, to cover the costs of insurance for people at the poverty level in 2014, the federal government spent about $17 billion on subsidies. That figure will jump to $134 billion by 2023, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The skyrocketing costs of Obamacare will affect the quality and availability of health care, including preventive services for children.

5. Income reductions for private practices and increased costs because of new regulations under Obamacare will affect the care for children in all economic sectors, reports EconomicPolicyJournal.com. Many doctors retired early as ACA was introduced and other potential physicians avoid the profession because of the new mandates that make caring for families difficult. Vaccines and immunization programs might suffer due to a loss of quality. People in general may become wary from the loss of privacy in going through medical procedures. Many of them will stay away from the health care system as much as possible. Care for children could suffer the most.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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