Caregivers Story

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I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. Her primary care doctor referred her to a specialist for a nerve conduction study to see if she was a candidate for carpal tunnel surgery. The office staff did not realize that they were required to get prior authorization for that procedure and the HMO denied coverage for the procedure.
My mother got a bill for over $2000. I helped her go through the grievance process to ensure she met the deadlines and used language that would help her case. I argued that the elderly do not fully understand all the fine print in their insurance contracts, and they rely on their primary care doctor to send in the proper forms and get care authorized for them. The HMO reversed its decision and paid the claim.

by: S.

QUESTIONS

  • I have been mostly supported by my spouse the last few years. After a heart attack, I am no longer able to work and trying to get on social security so I can eventually receive medicare. Social security told me that I have not worked enough quarters the last 15 years to qualify. What about all the years before that?
  • As a veteran, am I entitled to additional health benefits?
  • how old you have to be before elegibility for medicare
  • My Mom is an 80-year old senior with legal status, diable, no income, arrived in the US November 2007. She was just recently approved for AHCCCS Federal Emergency Services. I made an appeal to AHCCCS that she be granted a regular full coverage because of her current medical condition. What are the rights of the seniors in Arizona with the same case of my Mom in terms of health care. She has heart disease, severe arthritis, acute glaucoma that needs to be followed-up by specialists. She has been due for medical check up and needs continuous medication for the above illnesses. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  • How do I get a list of doctors that participate in the AHCCCS Medical Program in Chandler AZ?
  • My mother is 85 and being treated by a naturopathic doctor. My sister and I are concerned that the care she is getting is harming her overall health. We have contacted the Naturopathic Physician Medical Board to file a complaint. They are willing to move forward and subpoena her medical records for review. The problem is that they say there is no way to keep this physician from mentioning it to our mother. We feel that our mother puts an abnormal amount of "faith" in this physician and that she has been, for lack of a better word, "brainwashed" into believing that he can do no harm. We want to proceed without fear that he will convince my mother that we are "the bad guys." What do we need to do to proceed without fear that he will discuss this with our mother? Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  • Don't qualify for AHCCCS,to young for medicare, if there is a catastrophic health issue I do not want all my savings wiped out so where can this money be put where the debtors can not touch it. Trusts?Where can my money be protected?Financial help/applications will want to know all about your accounts and will take every dime you have. I have paid my bills in the past. This is just a hypothetical question in case of a major illness. I simply cannot afford health insurance beginning in 2019
  • What is Medicare?
  • I have a Health Care Advance Directive from another state. Some of my friends say it is valid, others no. I suspect it is really up to the local hospital/doctor whether to honor it. Can you tell me if there is an AZ law that REQUIRES hospital/doctor to follow it? If so, can you tell me the law (statue??) that applies so I can refer to it if necessary? Thank you
  • My 91 year-old father has recently been admitted to an Altzheimer's long term care facility. My stepsister, his ex-wife and a fiduciary have healthcare Power of Attorney. The fiduciary is private and only acts as a substitute. I have no access to his medical records. I live in CA & cannot take charge of his care. He's medicated and sleepy all the time. How can I get access to his medical records without becoming responsible for his care from another state? My stepsister is not cooperative and has even threatened my visits with my father. The fiduciary interceded on my behalf. His ex-wife has taken all his assets.

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