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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: For The Uninsured Only Reply with quote

I've recently been approved for SS Disability, not due to my Ileostomy, but definitely due to the complications resulting from that surgery and being in ICU and rehab for over 6 weeks. I came away from that experience being physically challenged with constant hernias erupting and repairs that didn't work very well to the point that I'm physically unable to lift more than 5lbs (forget a gallon of milk, hey?). Anyway, while I was looking at possible options to reduce my out of pocket costs since SS doesn't pay very much and I need ostomy supplies...I found a website called http://www.needymeds.org. This is an amazing organization where you can reduce your prescription costs to almost nothing. For this, you can still have medical coverage - and still receive the benefits of lower costing meds which are exactly the same as what you are taking now. Also on this site there are diseases categorized by cause (like IBS, Ileostomy, Cancer, etc.) and if you click on your own "disease" you will find resources that are just right for you. Since I have an Ileostomy, I clicked on that and it brought me to another website that offers every ostomy supply imaginable - for FREE - you are only responsible for paying the postage and handling fees! This is for the UNINSURED only, but at least we now know that there is something we can count on should we become uninsured for whatever reason. So, for those in the USA who are uninsured/uninsurable and getting low on hope, I urge you to check out needymeds.org for your ostomy supplies. You won't find anything better than what they are offering. I hope this helps to relieve some of the burdens that you might be carrying. All the best!
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 Juuust_Jim





PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, thanks for sharing this info. I been paying out-of-the-pocket for my supplies for the past 6 yrs. It cost me over 40 dollars for a box of 5 one-piece pouches -and thats last me just over a month

* update* I checked it out, but unfortunately the group providing assistance with Ostomy supplies is for Florida residents only
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, I didn't realize it was for FL residents only! Sorry for giving you hope on cheaper supplies! Since I live in Orlando, FL, I guess I never even thought about whether it was a state-specific organization or not...I just thought it was for every uninsured person. Guess I better go back (if I can even find my blog) and announce that I was wrong. Thanks for correcting me!

Tricia
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

                                 
Green Eyed Lady wrote:
I've recently been approved for SS Disability, not due to my Ileostomy, but definitely due to the complications resulting from that surgery and being in ICU and rehab for over 6 weeks. I came away from that experience being physically challenged with constant hernias erupting and repairs that didn't work very well to the point that I'm physically unable to lift more than 5lbs (forget a gallon of milk, hey?). Anyway, while I was looking at possible options to reduce my out of pocket costs since SS doesn't pay very much and I need ostomy supplies...I found a website called http://www.needymeds.org. This is an amazing organization where you can reduce your prescription costs to almost nothing. For this, you can still have medical coverage - and still receive the benefits of lower costing meds which are exactly the same as what you are taking now. Also on this site there are diseases categorized by cause (like IBS, Ileostomy, Cancer, etc.) and if you click on your own "disease" you will find resources that are just right for you. Since I have an Ileostomy, I clicked on that and it brought me to another website that offers every ostomy supply imaginable - for FREE - you are only responsible for paying the postage and handling fees! This is for the UNINSURED only, but at least we now know that there is something we can count on should we become uninsured for whatever reason. So, for those in the USA who are uninsured/uninsurable and getting low on hope, I urge you to check out needymeds.org for your ostomy supplies. You won't find anything better than what they are offering. I hope this helps to relieve some of the burdens that you might be carrying. All the best!


PS - I'm sorry to have encouraged everyone out there...through another ostomate, he let me know that it was for Florida residents only... since I live in FL, I never even thought about it being state specific! So, if you live in FL and are uninsured, the same will be true for you. I still would go onto the website to see if you can look up your specific "disease" and find more resources for you. Again, I'm sorry I was ignorant that this program was only state specific!
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 gutenberg





PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Green Eyed Lady, as I read your first post I had that wonderful feeling that some poor souls would be finding some financial relief, but at least Floridians will if they read this and can take advantage of the offer, and your heart was in the right place and I'm sure there will be many folks appreciating what you were trying to do and I admire you for trying. As a Canadian we have it pretty good for most people but there are still some folks that fall through the cracks and are hurting with the cost of appliances. Have a good day Green Eyes. Ed
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ed,

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I had my heart and hope involved in this subject. Here in the USA, products are so expensive (up to $600/month) that I have no idea how the uninsured Ostomy Mates deal with that - because obviously, we can't go without our products!! By me facing losing COBRA next February, I'm seeking solutions to cover my products that I can afford...meanwhile, nobody can afford the monthly costs of COBRA which are usually $600/month or much higher if you are a "family" vs. me being "single", and you still have to pay the deductibles and co-pays until you reach the outrageously high out of pocket deductible each year (doesn't roll over). When you've finally reached that deductible, you get medical paid  at 100%. But, with these deductibles being so costly, it's extremely difficult to maintain any kind of medical coverage here and still be able to live. I'm glad that Canadians with National Health are not facing the same situation as here. I used to live in the UK where we also had a National Health program and you could also purchase private medical insurance through your job. So between both, all medical/dental/optical were paid for. I have no idea why the USA hasn't instituted the same here. They're trying to get one program up and running, but it won't happen until 2014 and it's still so costly that the costs seem no different to me. My only income is SS Disability, so I've had to face early retirement living solely on the small pittance I receive from them. How can people like me continue to pay high premiums and outrageous products costs? Oh well, that's why I do as much research as I can - to help myself, and during the journey, be able to help others who are facing the same situation. Again, thanks so much for your understanding and kindness.

Tricia
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 Highlander15





PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I also used to live in the UK and did not give supplies a thought as they were free, also all medicaitons were free because of the ostomy. Now living here in Florida and needing to have my revesral reversed, an another ostomy put in, I am putting it off because of the cost of supplies. It is a big problem.
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, then while living in FL, you can still purchase your ostomy supplies through needymeds.org right? You don't pay for the products, only the shipping and handling. This is if you are medically uninsured and not with major medical through the company you work for. I guess us Floridians with ostomies are pretty lucky compared to other states that don't have such programs. I wonder what other ostomates who are uninsured do in order to get their supplies. It's so costly if you have to purchase them out of pocket...even the large producers/distributors only give you 10% off the entire purchase!
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 Highlander15





PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never knew that as no one has mentioned that to me. I am actually due to have surgery in New York so maybe that is why the doc there maybe did not know. But the doctor who referred me there did not mention it. I have applied for Medicare as I had to give up work in January. I had  been putting the op off as supplies was one of my concerns. I have had almost every kind of ostomy before, but in the UK and then reveresed, but now need it refitted. Thanks for the info, that was lucky for me I saw your post.-Meg
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Meg,

I'm so glad that the information was useful to you! I only stumbled upon needymeds.org while I was surfing through Social Security to see what benefits were out there until I can get Medicare in 2014. So, it was amazing when I found the site and I hope it helps others out there like us who need our supplies!

Take Care,
Tricia
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 bmeup





PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tricia,
You are so thoughtful to provide this information in any case.  I sure hope you can continue to receive your meds and supplies easily.  Someone touched on the subject of insurance and I have to say that I was very disappointed by the arguments people made against  the single payer/public option.  If most people only knew how quickly one's financial security and hope of continuing work  can be taken away we would not be having this discussion.  As for SSD, it is crazy that they make you wait for a year or two in order to be eligible for Medicare.  Whose idea was that? Can you tell I'm a tad bitter about all of this? I just keep smiling and waiting! And hoping that the health care law stays intact until 2015, so that I can buy insurance again.
Thanks for the effort to share some good news.
Warm regards,
Tamarah
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tamarah,

It took me (with having a lawyer) 9 months to get SSDI in the first place. I had already been turned down twice during these 9 months from my application date. I am one of the lucky ones, though, because it sometimes takes 1-2 years to get approved, so disabled people possibly have no income during this time frame. Also, if you are turned down twice, you will need to appeal the court's decision...which can take up to another 15 months to be seen/heard by the courts to hopefully turn around their original decisions. Again, I was lucky in that I followed instructions and got even more input from my doctors and had additional tests run to prove that I truly am disabled. It took this to get SS to turn around their opinion and I did not then have to go to appeal court.

Also, once you are approved for Disability, SS removes the first 5 months of your entitlement to paying you back from the original date of your claim. So, again your entitlement is reduced by these 5 months.

As for receiving Medicare, I have no idea who made the decision that you are not entitled to receive Medicare for 24 months! Oh, this waiting period also commences after the 5th month of your entitlement...so it's really 29 months before you qualify for Medicare! Geez, the government sure doesn't make it easy for disabled people!

Oh well, these situations can make us hot on the subject, but SS is run by the Federal government, so there's nothing we can do. I'm just praying that SS will still be around to receive our 100% entitlement through 2036 when it is expected to pay out only 75% of your entitlement. So, it shouldn't affect me - but it will for others younger than me!

Unfortunately, SS wasn't supposed to be anyone's entire income at retirement. It was only designed as a supplement to our income (which we paid into all our working lives). We all were supposed to have assets saved/invested to make up the difference in our income at retirement. So, unfortunately in my case, I'm having to plow through these assets now that I saved for retirement - which is before full retirement age of 66! So, I'll have no assets left by then to supplement my SS income. So back to square one!

On the upside, because we are living solely on SSDI with a very low income, most of us are within poverty guidelines and then we somehow qualify for some other perks...Medicaid (if you have no assets over $3,250), free Weatherization Programs for your home through your County, one free cell phone with 250 free minutes (safelink.com), help with paying our utility bills (LIHEAP), free or reduced medical/dental/optical clinics in our County, etc. So, there is some hope out there for us after all. Meanwhile, it's taken me a month or more researching what help is out there for those of us living within the poverty guidelines.

Hope some of this information helps.

Tricia
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again Tamarah,

I forgot to speak to the subject about the supposed medical reform by 2014...I'm not sure this is going to happen with so many people against it. If it does, the insurance premiums will still be too high for some of us (who are over 55) to join in the program. I'm not even sure whether younger disabled people can afford to pay these premiums while only having SSDI as their income. If you look at the pre-existing medical polices either through HIPPA or High Risk Pools, we HAVE TO BE WITHOUT any medical insurance for at least 6 months and we also have to prove that no other insurance carrier will cover us (due to our disabilities)...so, how can we afford to be without medical insurance for 6 months in order to qualify?? We can't live without our supplies, so what do we do in the 6 month interim? We have to find other ways to be able to afford our supplies. That's why I'm so glad that I found the free ostomy website (through needymeds.org) that only charges for shipping/handling for our supplies...but again, you have to be uninsured to receive this. In my case, I can have my COBRA extended an additional 11 months due to the fact that I became disabled within 60 days of the start of my coverage. These 11 months will bring me to the exact date that I will start Medicare. Keep in mind, though, that I'm paying HUGE COBRA PREMIUMS and deductibles which most people can't afford...so plowing through my assets is how I pay for my medical coverage and ostomy supplies! What else can I do? It's not like I can go without the supplies. I just had a kind of funny thought...we should all show up on our Senator/Governor's door and just undo our bags so that they can see we can't live without our supplies!

Take care,
Tricia
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 spade





PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning Tamarah,

I like the point you made that we should all go to Washington an show the Senators what we
deal with daily!

What I can't figure out in this country is they will pay for woman to sit home and have baby after baby...and lord knows where the father is. But someone with a serious health problem they don't want to hear it????

Go Figure!

Take care of yourself.
Spade
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 Green Eyed Lady





PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Spade,

Yeah, they seem to acknowledge the "poor" and offer them welfare, food stamps, free housing, free medical and even cash assistance. What this is saying to the people is "get unemployed or have 10 kids that you can't support" so that we can take care of you while you are living in poverty. If that's the situation we are in, then we need to tap into what services our local and federal governments do offer to us while we're living within the poverty levels. Since my only income is SSDI and my COBRA payments are outrageous, I had no other alternative but to seek other avenues where we can get help (including our medical supplies). Most of the employed are part of a major medical plan where their supplies are paid for. Most of the unemployed don't have medical coverage - especially with pre-existing conditions that we have. So, unless we get SSDI and wait the 29 months to get put on Medicare, we're sunk in between. We can't get pre-existing medical policies because we have to wait 6 months to qualify and they are very expensive, too. I think our only alternative is to find other resources to help us as well as to stockpile supplies while we are insured so that we don't go without if we lose our jobs or medical coverage. Geez, someone just said to me "This life sure isn't for Sissy's"...and I think that about sums it up.

Tricia
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