When we applied for food stamps and Medicaid, they said we make too much money to get Medicaid, but enough money to get the share of cost plan. We live in Florida, I don't know if this program is everywhere. We applied through the department of children and families, in our state we were able to apply for benefits online, then they send you a letter asking you for your proof of citizenship and state residency and income for the last 4 weeks. The process is sometimes very annoying getting all that stuff together (they make you prove *everything* again every few months) but we go through it anyway!
And shaz you are totally right of course, I had to smack my husband for swearing to me on all the terminology being right, and smack myself for just trusting him and not checking on it lol He said now that the one he wants is the Koch pouch (hope that's right), should be the one you put a valve in to empty.
BTW for all interested, I spoke at length to a person from Medicaid today, they said that we have to find a surgeon who takes Medicaid, and the hard part will be convincing that surgeon that Nathan has the medically needy program because there is not medicaid #, and you aren't in a computer anywhere, it's like you don't exist in their system at all if they try to look you up, so the surgeon basically has to take your word for it that you have medicaid share of cost and give you their surgery and THEN create the bill and send it to medicaid. The medicaid representative said it might be difficult to find a surgeon willing to take that risk. Also, once you find a surgeon who will trust you that much, certain surgeries need authorizations and the surgeon has to fill out a request for a special surgery and get it approved with the Medicaid main office before surgery. Sometimes the surgeon also has to do a "keypro" authorization so the hospital can get paid as well, which also has to be done before the surgery, or medicaid won't pay for it.
It sounds pretty complicated getting medicaid to pay for anything in this situation but we're going to try our darndest, I got the phone number of basically one surgeon who takes medicaid, which is pretty scary that we really don't get to pick a doctor based on credentials, but on whether they take medicaid. Nathan found online that patients having their colostomy surgery performed by Medicaid surgeons have a higher mortality rate.....how reassuring!
Wife to Nathan (UCReallySucks)
Mother of two beautiful girls, Rachael (4) and Brooke (2)
Gave the stay at home parent job to my husband!
Currently working as a legal secretary with all the stress and responsibilites minus the actual "title" and fair pay! That's what happens when you're promoted from within (no wonder companies like doing that so much!) :P