I have a question, for you folks on SSD like me what are using or plan on buying as a supplemental policy to your Medicare coverage?
I am going to be buying one for myself and one for my husband who will be 65 next month. Our secondary coverage thru his employer ends when he turns 65, including our script card. They will help pay for his supplemental policy a little according to this letter from his employer. Nothing is paid towards my policy. I called AARP who offers different types of plans thru United Healthcare and it is recognized by Medicare and approved. Supposedly, the employer has something worked out with this company as well, I hope it is a discount. From what I am told because he is 65 he can pick from 12 different plans and I am stuck with one plan, and one plan only. This really burns me, I feel discriminated against, because (1) I am disabled and (2) I am not 65). The plan for him is great, it pays all of Medicare's deductibles and the other 20% Medicare does not pay. The one for me does not pay the deductibles and the hospital co-pays which is $1,100. I believe this may be per admission. I have to double check this.
Just so you guys know Medicare increased their deductibles this year, drs visits is $155 and the hospital is now $1,100. That little increase in our pay this year does even cover the increase in the deductibles, once again we lose. What a joke.
After speaking with this lady at AARP, I was not aware that Texas is the only state that Medicare allows a person to buy an independant supplemental policy. The policy has to be Medicare approved. I was shocked when she told me this. I asked her what in the world do folks do that live in the other states? She said most go thru high risk pools or some have Cobra for a time. That is just not right.
So my question to those of you that do not live in Tx what are you doing for a supplemental plan? This is just scarey business if you ask me. We are already in the poor house and there is no way I can get by without a supplemtal policy to pick up some of the medical expenses. If I was healthy I would not need any of this, if I was healthy I would be working and one happy person too. GGGGGRRRR just something else for us to have jack with. My mood is in the toilet for the day. I started my day with the dry heaves and trash can in my hand.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.