Help me help my very pregnant sister through a tough situation! (DC/MD)
May 24, 2014 11:51 AM Subscribe
My sister is 33 weeks pregnant. She's miserable and what's worse, she's recently moved from Florida (where her husband was completing school) back home to Maryland. As such, she's lost her doctor. She's pretty much a mess, and I am hoping to figure out a way to help her. Particulars inside...
posted by carmenghia to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few things that make this difficult:
- My sister was laid off from her job and then found out she was pregnant about two weeks later.
- She's been on Medicaid (in Florida) and recently got Medicaid in Maryland. Her husband's insurance at his new job doesn't kick in for 60 days. She is working in Maryland, but only part-time for now. She'll be going back to work after the baby is born, but there is no chance of immediate insurance for either of them.
- So far, she's not been able to find a doctor who is wiling to take her on. She's only missed one appointment (while she moved.)
- She told me she cannot go to the ER as Medicaid doesn't cover ER visits.
I've suggested she go in person to the local Medicaid office, but I don't know if that will result in anything. I also suggested she drop the 'I have Medicaid' statement and see if she could get in anywhere to be seen, and we'll figure out a way to pay out of pocket for the visit.
I am sure this is compounded by the fact that there is a smaller pool of OB's that take Medicaid. She's called Holy Cross's Clinic, but they only will take women who are less than 6 months pregnant.
Her doctor in Florida would be happy to call any doctor in Maryland to coordinate care, but so far, all the doctors she's called (Over 30) basically have shut her down. They either do not take Medicaid, or will not take on a woman who is 8 months pregnant.
I am sure her emotional state is compounding her frustration. What I am wondering is - is there any resource, group or doctor in Maryland that I could steer her to? She really just wants assurance that she's okay.
I don't know anything about state Medicaid. She's in the Annapolis area, but willing to travel to Bethesda, Silver Spring, and surrounding areas for a doctor. Her husband works in Downtown DC so they are hoping to find a doctor that can deliver at Holy Cross. But again, they are flexible in where she delivers - she just wants care!
Any help is appreciated!