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bratnewton
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I am on Nevada Medicaid and have been for a few years. Anything and everything I have done has to be pre approved. No big deal. As of July 1st of this year I am receiving SSI. At the end of July I had an angiogram done on right and left. No big deal. Everything was pre approved. So today I receive a bill from the hospital for $995. They said my insurance paid the rest and that is what owe. So I called my worker for Medicaid and she says as of July 1st I am on different Medicaid and have some other kind of insurance also. AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I know nothing about this. So even as I write this I am on hold with the welfare office (45 minutes so far) whoopee, I now am caller # 10.
My worker told me I should of received some kind of new card in the mail, which I didn't. Anyways my households monthly income is $914, that's less than the bill..anyways this income is for myself, husband and 2 teenage boys and now they want money too

SORRY for ranting. just needed to vent.

hep93
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, that stinks!  However, if the hospital "accepts assignment," it means they are supposed to accept whatever Medicaid or Medicare pays as full payment.  If they changed Medicaid companies on you, you should get not only a new insurance card, but also a printed explanation of benefits...things they cover.

Don't worry about the bill.  If you should end up having to be responsible for that balance, send them only what you can each month...even if it's only $1 a month...and there's nothing they can do.  They can't turn it over to a collection agency or dun you for it, as you are showing "intent to pay." 



Hugs,
Connie
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
 
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Post Edited (hep93) : 10/8/2008 10:56:12 PM (GMT-6)


bratnewton
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
well just got off the phone (an hour later) just to find out that I NEED TO CONTACT MY WORKEr again. Well I know my worker and she isn't going to do anything extra for anyone. So I will wait until tomorrow to call again
oh my brain hurts
Karen

Butterflythree
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   Posted 10/8/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, Many hospitals have programs for low income people that pay for the share your insurance did not. I would check into that.
Butterflythree
 
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 10/8/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Darn, Darn, Darn,

I think trying to keep all the medical bills straight was just as hard on me as was all the appointments I had to get my husband to. I know it was more frustrating. I feel for you........it just one more thing that you don't need right now. Both Connie and Butterfly had good suggestions.

Try not to worry over it too much.


Thoughts and prayers for you Karen smurf
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5Joan5
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   Posted 10/9/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Karen,

My dear friend is going through something similar.  Here's what I found out:  Once you get SSI benefits you must fill out new forms (dept of social services has them).   You are considered "different" now that you have SSI and must let medicaid know.   At one time this was done automatically but in 1998 fed laws changed and now you must take the "extra step" of notifying them because you are getting SSI.   Just what you need.   Thank you for sharing what you are going through.   I read the forum (but have never posted before) and it has help me so much in coping with my friend's illness.  

Joan

 


bratnewton
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your shoulders

Karen

LadyL
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   Posted 10/10/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
As others have stated, if you do have to pay the balance, contact the hospital to get on a payment plan.  This is something that you can do regardless.  I was in the hospital back in May for about 5 days and during that time, I had a liver biopsy, much bloodwork taken - needless to say my mouth dropped to the floor when I received the hospital bill, and my insurance covered most of it, the amount i owe is about $1700! 
 
I hope things work out for you! Keep your head up!

shadowsghost
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   Posted 10/10/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, If the hospital accepts Medicaid or whatever your state calls it, that means the are not what is classified as a private facility. Which means they have free or partial free care for low income people. Call them asap to apply as once it goes beyond a certain amount of time due (90 days I think) you cant apply it. also once approved it is good for all in house billing only for 6-12 months then you re-apply. It will not cover billing from the people who read x-rays etc as they do their own billing as a separate entity. Yes once your on SSI it becomes a whole new ballgame, it is easier if your on SS Disability. Good Luck
Sue
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hep93
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   Posted 10/10/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, what you say is true.  However, in my experience radiology, if film is read in-house, is also covered.

Hugs,
Connie
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
 
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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