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Help me help my mom prepare for the impending end of Medicare?

So. It's a foregone conclusion that Medicare/Medicaid will be gutted as soon as Trump takes office, and Paul Ryan has free reign over Congress. My mother is in her 70s, and has several chronic health issues (arthritis in various forms, scoliosis, a heart valve problem, lupus, and a degenerative cornea disease that will require a cornea transplant soon, among other issues). My older brother, who lives with her, has CIDP, severe bipolar, and is on disability. Both rely on Medicare/Medicaid. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on Nov 10, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I do retirement?

I am planning to retire at the end of this school year, June 2017. I will be age 65 at retirement and have worked at my current job for 31 years. My spouse is 70 and receives a small Social Security pension. Neither of us can nor will claim any disability. I currently live in California but will have to move to Oregon to be closer to family. I have researched so many things but I still can't find the answers I seek to get the most bang out of my remaining bucks. Can you tell me where to find the answers to these questions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Terminal Brain Cancer When You're Down and Out

My roommate's partner, who is a close friend of mine, has stage III terminal brain cancer. He has been symptom free for almost a year but he has recently been showing signs of the cancer advancing, including seizures. He is terrified of dealing with the system of getting treatment, and has been turned down for disability even though he is unable to work because of the cancer. How can we help? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Sep 23, 2016 - 10 answers

How to coordinate medicare and long term care insurance

My great aunt is in a nursing home for rehab due to a broken hip. She has dementia and the nursing home says they have to discharge her because she's not making progress. I have no idea what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2016 - 13 answers

Medicare requirements on sale of a house

I am negotiating to buy the former home of a person who has recently gone into assisted living on a permanent basis. The price is set at the tax-assessed value, which apparently is what Medicare requires for such a sale. Is this a hard and fast rule (no use trying to negotiate) or would negotiating a lower price (say, in anticipation of repairs on this old home) be possible?
posted by mmiddle on Jun 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Are Aortic Valve Re-replacements covered by Medicare?

My father (60 years old) was recently diagnosed with aortic stenosis due to a bicuspid valve. He will meet with a cardiologist to determine whether to get a biological replacement or mechanical - there are pros and cons to both. I have a question about Medicare coverage for the re-operation possiblity that may occur with the biological valve. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on May 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Nursing home spend-down in the state of New York

What can a woman living in a nursing home in the state of New York do with her pension income so that she is not in a constant state of qualifying for financial aid / not qualifying for financial aid? [more inside]
posted by cda on May 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Am I eligible for food stamps? I'm in California

I'm trying to figure out if I'm eligible for food stamps. I live in California. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on May 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Dental work- Medicare? Recommend a provider in NYC?

What levels of dental work are covered by Medicare? I need work and am stuck w/ the NYU Dental School. Does anyone have experience w/ an eligible Dentist in NYC?
posted by ebesan on Apr 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Mom is moving up--what next?

My mother is moving from NYC, where she's lived for 30 years, to my town in the Boston 'burbs. It's a good location in an over 55 community that will give her independent mobility to Boston via public transit, and she'll see us, and our kidlet, regularly. But what else to do to make a good transition? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Medicare Part B Screw Up

A beloved relative of mine neglected to sign up for medicare part b during her enrollment window. Before the window reopened for her to register she fell ill and has had two emergency surgeries in the last two weeks. So what now? She otherwise is uninsured, although does have part a. [more inside]
posted by JPD on Sep 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I fill a prescription in my own name, intended for my mom?

My mother is retired and disabled, on a fixed income. Every single year she hits the coverage gap (the "donut hole") on her medications, usually by September or October. This leads to the last three months of the year being a scramble of asking for free samples of her diabetic medications from her endocrinologist, and scraping to get by. At her last visit, her doctor straight-up offered to write the prescriptions in my name. My insurance would cover it with a simple copay and no coverage gap. Should I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2015 - 35 answers

I need an ENT.

Difficulty level within... [more inside]
posted by megan_magnolia on Apr 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me help my mom figure out Medicare?

My mother is turning 65. She has no clue about health insurance. I, after diligent research, have a small clue, but not enough of a clue about practical information like distribution of doctors who take the insurance to help figure things out. Help? Snowflake details and questions inside. (Anon because I'm not going to share my mother's personal information on the Internet!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Will Social Security/Medicare Eligibility Remain 40 Quarters?

Full eligibility for social security and Medicare requires a minimum 40 quarters of contributions. How worried should I be that this goalpost might be moved in the next decade or two (i.e. that more than 40 quarters might eventually be required)? I realize these programs are periodically threatened with reform, but is this particular threshold one of the facets challenged by reformers?
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Best health insurance plan for shuttling green card holder?

If someone is a 65+ recent green card holder with only 3 years work experience in the US and who hasn't lived continuously in the US for 5 years (but has visited every year for several months for a decade), they don't qualify for free or even paid Medicare. What is the best health insurance plan for them if they spend 5-7 months in the US, and the rest in their home country in Asia? Are they best off with an Obamacare plan, or some kind of special immigrant health insurance, or what? Thanks.
posted by shivohum on Oct 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me chose a managed care plane for medicaid

I received an acceptance letter for medicaid, and they want me to chose a managed care plan (MCP) in my region. There are 5 choices, how do I know the difference and which one is right for me? Which one is best? [more inside]
posted by kikithekat on Jul 4, 2014 - 11 answers

My 75 year old father will be moving in with us.

What are the logistics of having a parent in so-so to mediocre health move in? He is currently in St. Louis, MO and my wife and I currently live in Johnson City, TN. [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on Apr 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Questionable Counseling Practice?

Three months ago Dear Husband jumped through many hoops to get an appointment with the only counselor in town said to accept Medicare. I'd had a good experience with an excellent counselor in our area and was surprised when this new one made promises he did not keep before and during the appointment, including a promise to get back in touch with either a second appointment time or a referral. He made no contact at all after the appointment until yesterday, three full months later, with a bill he'd already submitted to Medicare for $225.00, which they covered, save $29. Does this sound customary to you? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Mar 5, 2014 - 33 answers

Help my sibling and I care for our mother.

It has recently come to our attention that our mother is hiding—what seem to be very serious—health issues from us. We want to help her, but we're unsure how to proceed. I am seeking advice on two fronts: (1) help us navigate the current healthcare bureaucracy, and (2) help us care for someone who is probably going to try to refuse our help. All of the details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Insurance help with Medicare/SSDI

When my parent died, they had a pension/insurance policy from their government job which was meant to pay out half to me and half to my grandmother. The problem is I am afraid my grandmother (who is old and sick and getting regular medical treatment) shouldn't accept the payout because she's on Medicare/SSDI and can't have an income. I remember getting a 1099 for my half, so it is definitely considered income. I have no idea what to do or where to go for help about this. I am in New York City, although this concerns the state pension system. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me help my disorganized family member

I have a close family member who I am somewhat estranged from. But he has some needs that I have the skills to help with, and I want to help. Help me help him. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Qualifying for Medicare in WA?

I'm trying to determine if I'm eligible for Medicare in WA state, and can't get into a social services office right now. I've read the website back and front, and still can't quite figure out if I qualify due to my "household" (read: co-parent's) income. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Quick question about Medicare and Medicare Part D

Does my mom have to renew her Medicare and Part D coverage? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 15, 2013 - 3 answers

I want to trust the hospital, but I don't . . .

Last week, my 85 year old father suddenly began to experience weakness in his legs and severe pain in his lower back. His PCP couldn't fit him in but recommended the ER if he was in a lot of pain - he was, so Friday afternoon, my brother took him to the ER of the nearest hospital (which looks more like a resort). They wanted to check him out with an MRI, but their machine was not available (could they really only have one?) The hospital "admitted" him - or so we thought . . . [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Oct 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Medicare supplement through Transamerica Insurance?

I am shopping medigap policies for my husband. We have decided to go with part F and were leaning towards the BCBS plan which most people I know in this area selected. Through the Illinois Bar Association we have been offered a Part F plan that is slightly more expensive than BCBS standard F(but price difference eliminated if you pay in advance or automatically). Only difference seems to be that the IBA (Transamerica) plan is "issue-age" rated, meaning if bought during enrollment period when you turn 65 the rate, although not frozen, can never be increased for reason of your age increasing, which is not guaranteed under BCBS. This sounds like a no -brainier but I have no experience or familiarity with TransAmerica. Are they good to work with? Have they been (and will they continue) offering/writing Medigap policies for a while? Do any of you metafilterites have this policy through IBA or another professional association?
posted by Lylo on Sep 16, 2013 - 1 answer

Hospice care - Medicare coverage for room and board?

I am hoping that someone will be able to point me in the direction of any programs that cover room and board in an inpatient hospice care facility in Michigan. The patient is my boyfriend's mother, who has refused chemo and is ready to call hospice to make her remaining time comfortable. She was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in May and has just been given the prognosis of ~3 months. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 on Aug 16, 2013 - 14 answers

How much does Medicare pay for a room - just the room, overnight?

[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
posted by cda on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

The plan is to live for a long time

It is time to sign my dad up for medicare (USA). He is very healthy and we come from long living stock. Which medicare plan is best for this situation? And even with the best plan, what are the pitfalls we need to look out for? [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Replacement Policy Medicare

I screwed up. I bought a policy through Humana that is evidently a replacement policy for Medicare for my father. I bought it in January of this year from my parent's old insurance guy. Now my dad is in a Veteran's Care Center and needs his Medicare back, they don't want this new supplemental. If I just cancel the Humana policy will his Medicare just pop back into existence? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Mar 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Health Insurance for Younger-than-Medicare-Age Spouse?

I'm 51, spouse is 58. When he retires at SS age (let's say 68), he will be eligible for Medicare (age 65). I won't. Spouse currently gets good group health insurance, which covers both of us, through his full-time job. I don't work for money and haven't for 20 years. If he retires in 10 yrs, at 68, he will be covered by Medicare (assuming anyone is by then ...). But I will be only 61 then, so I won't be eligible for Medicare for 4 more years. What are my health insurance options? (We live in NH now.) Believe me, thinking about this keeps me up at night.
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2012 - 10 answers

How many hospitals don't participate?? - Medicare Googling fail

How many American hospitals do not participate in Medicare? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Dec 17, 2011 - 4 answers

help me with home health care/senior care

hi friends, please hope me. oh, and this is in illinois, as that may be relavant. my mother has a rare neurological disorder called MSA. it is terminal, and from the looks of things, she is in the end stages. she's in a temporary rehab home after her second near-death hospitalization in the past 4 months. the first one was aspiration (choking), this second one was sepsis arising from an untreated UTI. both very common occurrences with this disease. she is essentially immobile, and cannot exist without assistance. here's the problem(s): since the onset of this disease about 7 years ago, my father has thrown himself at the mercy of all this and has assumed the role of caretaker. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Medicare with Advantage with Medicaid?

Does it make sense to choose a Medicare Advantage program if I have QMB and MA-AD-care through the state as well as straight Medicare and a prescription drug plan? Naturally I'd like some dental and vision coverage, which I understand are limited in Medicare. (Snowflakes below) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 - 1 answer

What counts as income?

YANML, YANMSocialWorker [it takes 5 weeks to get an appointment with her]: Is a housing benefit "income"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Of Death And Medicare Recovery

My father passed away a few weeks ago - I'm the sole heir and designated executor of his will and it has been not too difficult a process even with my depression (partly because he prepared for it very well but also because he had almost nothing to leave me), but I still have worries... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Grandma needs cancer treatment, but has no insurance

MIL has cancer and needs to move from OH to IA. She has no insurance. How do we get her into treatment fast? How do we get her insurance (Medicare/Medicaid)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by caflores22 on Apr 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me keep my ride going

Help me to not pluck my eyes out in my effort to find suitable Medigap insurance. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Oct 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me make financial sense of my health care options.

Help me figure out how to deal with next year's health care for me and my family of three. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 25, 2010 - 5 answers

How can they pay for my treatment without bollixing my SSDI?

How can I accept money from a relative for medical costs without screwing up my SSDI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find a doctor!

I need to see an internist who accepts Medicare in NYC, as soon as possible. But I don't know who to see or even where to start looking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Can you enroll in Medicare part B only?

Can you enroll in Medicare Part B (medical) only? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jun 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find a Brooklyn nursing home for my grandfather

Help me find a Brooklyn nursing home for my grandfather. (asking for a friend) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Need insurance advice for mom with dementia

Have you ever disenrolled from a HMO (Kaiser) that manages your Medicare to straight Medicare? A lot of people have told me if I do this, it will be easier to find my mom a nursing home. She has dementia/behavior difficulties. Looking for insurance advice specific to California/Medicare/Medi-Cal/dementia nursing homes. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty on Mar 17, 2010 - 2 answers

Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Financial Projectiosn

Google-fu, Government Style: Where can I get the income statements of the federal government's Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs? [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant on Feb 4, 2010 - 3 answers

Added a procedure or product to Australia's Medicare?

Are there any public advocacy groups in Australia to help people with debilitating illnesses get new medical products and procedures added to Medicare?
posted by krisjohn on Dec 4, 2009 - 1 answer

Rheumatologist with awesome diagnostic skills in New York City?

Can anyone recommend a rheumatologist with awesome diagnostic skills in New York City? [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Dec 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Is Medicare going to hurt my Mom?

My mom is TERRIFIED about the recent Health Care Reform Bill. She is on Medicare and is certain that she will no longer have the access to health coverage that she feels she needs. It sounds like changes to Medicare could have consequences for her... what might those be? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Nov 8, 2009 - 38 answers

Best Medicare Choice?

Too many time-sucking choices--need to cut to the Medicare chase if anyone knows the drill out there. [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Mar 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Will I be able to go from medicare to private insurance?

If I lose medicare, will I qualify for private insurance? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Feb 26, 2009 - 4 answers

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