I was flipping through a book about difficult child help today and they had a section on medical insurance. If I understood it correctly, a difficult child wouldn't qualify for medicaid if neither the difficult child or the parent was on disability/SS and if the parent worked (at all). It said this put many families in the position of turning their child over to the state to be placed in foster care so then they would qualify for medicaid. This makes no sense to me- why would they pay medicaid for a child in foster care (with people who probably wouldn't do as much for a teen difficult child than the parent would do) but not pay the medicaid if the difficult child lives with parent? Why require a bad situation to get worse by separating the family if the family has shown themselves to be appropriate parents and why put the difficult child in this position? Furthermore, what if the whole reason that the parent can't provide private insurance at that point in time is due to already expending all resources on difficult child issues? They would be putting difficult child into a different home that couldn't/wouldn't provide it either. I don't get it. Is this true? Does anyone have any first hand experience with this?