If you want to understand Medicaid’s problems in New Jersey, just ask the Holstein men.
Justin Holstein, 39, of Ocean Township, spent a year on the government health insurance program when he was starting his own business. Long under treatment for chronic migraines, he lost all his doctors the moment he enrolled.
His new doctor said only a neurologist could renew his medication, but the insurance network’s neurologist couldn’t see him for four months, he said. That meant four months of sleepless nights battered by pain, and four months of getting through the days courtesy of the caffeine in Excedrin.
“You have a card saying you have health insurance, but if no doctors take it, it’s almost like having one of those fake IDs,” he said. “Your medication is all paid for, but if you can’t get the pills, it’s worthless.”