One of those is mental counseling for the five-year-old girl who was thrown off a bridge by her stepfather earlier this week, a case which was featured on the TV news both in Springfield and in the Joplin area:
Medicaid will not pay for a counselor to see her for "crisis intervention" even though she was thrown in a lake by her stepfather because they don't think someone this young could be in a crisis, and according to the minds at Medicaid, the only crisis that would "count" is if the child is suicidal or homicidal. And, by the way, they've told at least one local social worker that someone at age 5 can't possibly be suicidal or homicidal.
These Medicaid administrators have clearly spent too much time in offices.
There are 5-year-olds who've desperately want to be dead. I wish it wasn't true. I wish I didn't know 5-year-olds who threaten to kill people and can tell me how to do it, or who've told me that they want to kill themselves. I wish those memories could be washed out of my brain.
Wishing doesn't make these truths go away.