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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 08:10 PM
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Is it just in my state - or has this happened to you?
My daughter gets Medicaid - she is 23 and has multiple disabilities.

Today I get a letter from the state of Arizona saying they will no longer cover WELL Visits! because of state budget cuts.
I am shocked because this is the most insane thing I have ever heard of. A few years ago she was hospitalized for 7 months, she was literally fighting for her life. She's doing great now but I take her once or twice a year to get her blood checked to make sure everything is in order.
I cannot believe how the state thinks taking away well visits will save them money.

I'm just wondering if this is happening anywhere other than Arizona or if it's just our wonderful, compassionate, now famous, state legislature that has done this.

Thanks :shrug:
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 08:13 PM
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1. Oh - and they no longer cover dental...just let her teeth fall out.
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lynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 08:45 PM
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2. My health insurance eliminated well visits for dependents -
- around the age of 10 or so. I don't remember the exact age but it was before middle school as I had to pay for all sports physicals out of my pocket. No dental, either.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 09:50 PM
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7. It's insanity at it's best. Why wouldn't physicals be covered? And dental?
ugh...
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 08:51 PM
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3. Complain to your Senator! Contact the national newspapers
and if McCain doesn't listen make an appointment with our health secretary. Don't leave it at that!
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 09:15 PM
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4. I agree - fight this. It was us parents who got good programs set up
for our children and you have a good case. Go higher. Do not take no for an answer. Ask legal aids if they can help if they exist in your state.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 09:49 PM
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6. I will fight - thanks for your encouragement.
:)
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 10:57 PM
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9. you might want to post it on the presidental or general forum at DU too?
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 09:48 PM
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5. I was thinking of writing a letter to Terry Goddard who is running against Brewer for Gov.
Who knows, maybe he can use this as a campaign issue - it's just so dumb because it will end up costing the state more money - duh!

McCain or Kyl could care less about everyday people and their every day problems...as we all know.

Are you saying to contact Sebelius? I never would have thought of that!
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 10:56 PM
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8. If you have any Democratic state legislators or senators
they are useful too.
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OregonBi Donating Member (136 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 03:32 AM
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10. Ug...welcome to 0bamacare...
...get used to it...my Medicare has already been cut because the fucking state of Oregon thinks I am not worthy of HIV treatments!!!
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-22-10 09:53 PM
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11. That was your state's decision, not the feds.
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-10 08:20 PM
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12. Is she on SSI??
People on SSI get Medicaid, but it is 100% paid by the Federal Government. If a person is on Transitional Aide to Needy Families TANF) that is 50% paid for by the Federal Government and 50% by the State for those people the STATE decides to cover. If the person is not neither SSI or TANF, no federal funds are involved and it is just State funds involved.

Do to the differences in payment, people on SSI get the most coverage, people on State Assistance (while it varies state to state) gets the worse coverage.

Since your daughter has several disabilities she may be unemployable for to the combination of disabilities. If that is the case she would be eligible for SSI.

Please note, the test for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the same, except Social Security is based on one's work record (or if the disability started before the applicate tuned 22, on their parents Work history).

If she is on Social Security Disability, she would be eligible for Medicare with the State paying (again depending on the state) any Medicare premium (it is cheaper then the State paying the fees itself).
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