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Some parents disagree with changes in state run CHIP program

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By Ashley Conroy - email

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS (WLBT) - Grace Emory is a stay at home mother of three children. Her husband works, but his job does not allow him to be eligible for health insurance. To get coverage for their children, they use the Mississippi Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. Something Emory can't put a price tag on since her 11-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

The CHIP program was under a ten year contract with the state under the Mississippi Blue Cross Blue Shield health care plan. Once the contract ended on January 1st, the state Department of Finance restructured the CHIP program to be run by United Health Care.

Emory says she was told the switch would be a simple name change and all coverage options would apply. But since then, she says this hasn't been the case.

"With Blue Cross Blue Shield we were told we could get the continuous blood glucose monitor and with United Health Care we were told we cannot."

In addition, before the program switch, Emory says she could call-in her daughter's needed supplies for delivery the next day. Now, she says her family has to make a forty-five minute drive to Brookhaven to pick up these items.

"And getting it in your hand the next day versus driving all the way to Brookhaven to pick it up."

Meanwhile, the Department of Finance say they made the right decision in switching health care providers.

In a statement released on Tuesday they said:

"Our first priority is to make sure that the children who are covered under the CHIP program receive the best possible care. We are constantly reviewing the program and the performance of United Healthcare to ensure that they are meeting the needs of those covered under the program."

As for Emory, she wants to make sure other children get the proper care they need.

"And if they're not getting that then we're gonna have children that are falling ill and it's gonna be more expensive then the preventative measures."

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