Allow me to shatter some Medicaid myths: Sam R. Hall

There seems to be a popular misconception that Medicaid recipients are a bunch of poor deadbeats who are too lazy to get a job so they “play the system” and live off government handouts. According to this popular misconception, Medicaid is just an out-of-control welfare program that serves as an enabler for those who refuse to help themselves.

To start, you should know that the Division of Medicaid makes payments to health care providers, not to individual recipients. If you think people on Medicaid are getting a “check,” think again. This fact seems lost on far more people than I realized.

You should also know that nearly 80 percent of Medicaid recipients are either children (56 percent) or people with disabilities (23 percent) receiving some sort of treatment.

Clarion Ledger