hubby fired, how do I get medicare?

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   Posted 8/16/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My dh was fired today and we will lose our health insurance at the end of the month. I need to know how to get medicare.
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   Posted 8/16/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
You might try this government site that might help you explore your options.  Before the new healthcare bill the only way to get medicare was to turn 65 or be on disability for 2 years to get it before 65.  Not sure what you can do today.
Hope this helps.
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Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.

Post Edited (Bsime) : 8/16/2010 5:12:12 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi! and hugs,

Call your local office of the county dept. of social services. Ask who to talk to and set up an appt. In ny, we have a central web site called, that is very user friendly. And call your dr, they have many ways to help but need to know, try not to despair,



God knows, even if I don't....
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Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and  Ambien every night.
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