Thursday, November 18, 2010

Financial Help for Caregivers

From November/December 2010 Newsletter Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...
 Financial Help for Caregivers
"There are several programs that can help you save money on Medicare premiums, drugs, or basic living expenses. Make sure you explore these options:

   There are programs that help millions of people with Medicare save money each year. States have programs for people with limited income and resources that pay some or all of Medicare’s premiums and may pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.

   You may be able to get extra help to pay for the monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and co-payments related to the Medicare Prescription Drug program.

  Many states and the U.S. Virgin Islands offer help paying drug plan premiums and/or other drug costs. Select a state or territory below then click “Search” to see if any programs are available in your area.

Explore national and local charitable programs with Benefits Check Up, created by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA)
   "As of Thursday, November 18, 2010 we have helped 2,645,136 people find over $9.1 billion worth of the annual benefits they deserve."

Visit to learn about government assistance programs
   What is The official benefits website of the U.S. government - Informs citizens of benefits they may be eligible for - Provides information on how to apply for assistance

Apply for Medicaid
   If you can't afford to pay for medical care right now, Medicaid can make it possible for you to get the care that you need so that you can get healthy and stay healthy.
... of course, this newsletter was likely prepared before recent elections, and well politics can leave programs like leaves twisting in the wind  …

"Previewing the partisan healthcare battle to come next year, the Obama administration's new head of Medicare and Medicaid squared off against irritated Republicans on Capitol Hill for the first time Wednesday in a renewed debate over the healthcare overhaul …"

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 

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