Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Medicare changes

EDITOR:

This information is firsthand, so take heed. I am sending this to all of my friends that either are on Medicare, will soon be on Medicare or have family members that are on Medicare. No political ax to grind … just straight facts.

I have recently had a severe knee injury that will require arthroscopic surgery. A week ago one of my physicians wrote me a prescription for a walker. He realized that I would need this help for some time to come.

We went to our local medical supplier with prescription in hand, only to be turned away because they can no longer fill Medicare prescriptions. In fact no one within a 50-mile radius can do so.

We then contacted one of the Medicare-approved companies in Sacramento (a good 60 miles away) and were told to have the doctor fax my records, chart notes and prescription.

They would deliver the walker to me. That was a week ago. Today I called and they are now two weeks behind in their prescription reviews. By that time I will have been using a borrowed, clunky, old walker that limits where I can go and who I can ride with for a month.

So let us take a look at the facts:

1. Obamacare has put at least three or more small honest businesses at risk — if not eventually out of business.

2. The patient (me) does not get the equipment needed for a month. So much for “the seniors will never notice any changes in their care by Obamacare.”

3. The Medicare-authorized dealer (in this case Lincare) gets to practice medicine by not accepting the opinion of a well-trained and respected doctor as to the need for a walker.

So all of you be forewarned. Order any medical equipment you need before the need (if you can figure out how) because when you need it … Medicare won’t be able to provide it in a timely manner.

Good luck.

STEPHANY NICKEL
Camino

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Discussion | 14 comments

  • Phil VeerkampAugust 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    Stephany, help is NOT on the way. Sorry - Really sorry - LINK - Obama’s America: ‘Impeach Obama’ Protesters Arrested for Peaceably Assembling

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  • James E.August 19, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Phil, has it been your experience that it is wise to do what a cop tells you to do even if it is unreasonable? I bet you don't argue with cops, nor do I. Yes, the old "Mr. Policeman, what right do you have to tell me what to do" is a good way to have your face in the dirt, hands behind your back with cuffs, maybe a taser shot if you continue, and a visit to the local jail.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 19, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    Absolutely, James. But how much of your wisdom was in practice a couple years ago with OWS? Oakland's OWS was one of the leaders in "FTP" actions. (F^*k the police). Black bloc didn't get arrested as they vandalized, broke windows, raised hell, and when arrests did occasionally happen there were squadrons of lowyers defending the bastards. Equal treatment? Nice idea.

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  • James E.August 19, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    Scream about government spending and the deficit, and the government hears your complaints and consolidates medical suppliers (lowest bidder to save the money you wanted saved). Thank the folks that decry government spending. Don't blame Medicare.

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  • James E.August 19, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    Phil, you divert -- my point was to the wiseness (is this a real word?) of doing what a policeman tells you to do. Reference your link of the folks demonstrating about impeaching the president (good luck, even the attempt will put another nail in the coffin of the Tea/Republican Party).

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  • James E.August 19, 2013 - 7:34 pm

    ADDED: Phil, my wisdom was not in play in Oakland. I wasn't in Oakland, so I didn't display my wisdom about obeying policemen.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 19, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    I was simply observing that tolerance for "civil disobedience" was more a function of the party in power vis-à-vis the demonstration/action. Some actions are more equal than others.

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  • cookie65August 23, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Don't forget about the additional cost from the medical device tax. It is only through blind ignorant allegiance to a fairy tail dream that anyone could believe obamacare will do anything other than harm this countries healthcare industry. piglosi telling us "we need to pass it to find out what's in it" will turn out to be no different than the Nazi's telling the Jews "you have to get on the train to find out where it's going".

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  • cookie65August 23, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Phil, jane fonda urinal stickers.. fun for the whole family. http://www.americanpatriotonline.com/jafourst5pa.html

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  • Larita MedofrdAugust 23, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    If you need a walker, check out the Snowline Hospice stores. They only cost a few dollars.

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  • NancyAugust 25, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    It sounds to me like the Obama administration wants seniors to pay cash out of pocket for medical equipment. If seniors need it now or urgently, they may have to get an RX from the doctor and go to a medical supply store to pay cash for it. My fear is that this could be a future trend of all Medicare services. The time could come when no hospital or doctor will accept Medicare. Seniors will be forced into the exchanges paying high premiums due to their age. Then what will seniors do?

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  • James E.August 25, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Nancy, please stop running around with your hair on fire scaring the old folk who don't know any better. You wanted the government to save money, but you wanted the money saved without any pain to yourself. Welcome to Tea/Republican austerity.

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  • ange1August 26, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    GOOD ADVICE, think ahead. If you CAN anticipate a need then don't wait until the last minute. Also (not that I'm a fan) this isn't an Obamacare issue. This system was put into place years ago and is just now effecting people. But hey, we will save money and that's what we all voted for (without reading the fine print). Now we want something different; complain to the BIG supplier, MEDICARE. And in the future think about what it really means to cut a budget and save money. That will NEVER happen without inconvenience to someone.

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  • Terri ThomasAugust 26, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Nancy, that is EXACTLY what a lot of seniors are doing. Robinson's has lowered prices aacross the board for many items in great demand. Sad seniors feel they have to pay for them because they are so hard to get at times. Medicare will certainly save money this way, at their expense.

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