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Medicare changes

By From page A7 | August 23, 2013

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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