Finding Health Care CoverageMillions of Americans are without health care coverage. For many of them, there are options for coverage and they don't even know it. There is a guide to helping American navigate through their options for public and private health insurance. For more information on your state's health coverage options, call the U.S. toll-free helpline 1-800-234-1317 or go to www.coverageforall.org sponsored by the Foundation for Health Coverage Education®. View Thread
Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
-- ask your prescribing dr or your family dr for samples;
-- ask a pharmacist if s/he knows of local/state/national programs for getting free/low-cost meds;
-- ask a pharmacist if any of the meds you are taking have generic equivalents, which are much less expensive than brand-name ones; many discount stores (target, wal-mart, etc.) and grocery store pharmacies dispense generic meds at $4/month;
-- look at the labels on your current meds, get the manufacturer's name for each, then apply to each manufacturer's patient assistance program;
-- check out the website for the "live united" campaign of the united way -- http://www.liveunited.org -- and use the "search our site" box at the right in the second blue ribbon to do a "search" for your city or state to find medical care programs in your area;
-- call your city, county, or state dept of health and dept of family services (or something that sounds equivalent), and ask if there are free or low-cost clinics in your area;
-- go to the website for your state government, e.g., http://www.your_state.gov , and click on every social services link you can find;
-- look for free or low-cost clinics at nearby medical schools, divinity schools, large hospitals, and university graduate programs in nursing, social work, or psychology; often students who are close to graduation provide health care under the close supervision of their instructors;
-- see if any hospitals near you have a social worker; often they have very extensive knowledge of their own and other hospital and community resources;
-- check with churches, synagogues, and mosques to see if they have someone who does counseling; with many of these, you do not have to be a member, their only concern is that you are a person in need; and
Glad to hear this, Di. Anything which might encourage women to get mammograms is a plus! Wonder if they were bribed with a promise after the test (like kids at the doctors) with a chocolate bar if that would help?
I am so sorry to hear your situation...Sometimes life just isn't fair!
I am glad to hear that you are now able to handle the aggresive chemo as that may make a considerable difference.
But the lonliness is a challenge all by itself! And having found this welcoming and supportive community may be just the medicine to help ease that ailment! Here there are ladies who have been there/done that and know all the fears and hopes and anger and the limitless emotions that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis.
We try our best to educate and comfort one another. Sometimes we just need someone to listen to us...not to pass judgment or to list sweet platitudes which hold little meaning when we are in the pits of despair.
Sometimes we need a hand to hold while we cry ourselves asleep. Other times we want a safe place to hold a pity party and focus on how we don't deserve the beast's attack.
When things get totally out of control, we switch into spurts of great anger...and having others along to help throw things and kick the tarnation out of an old pail or scream at the heavens can help us make it through just one more difficult day....And, if we make it through enough of them, then we will eventually be on the other side and the skies will be blue again! And the Pink Bus (aka "Pinkie") is the way we accompany our members when they have appointments or treatments or just have a day they want company! Sometimes we go on fun outings like weddings and graduations too!
We are a community of "Friends"...Sisters and mothers and wives and daughters most of whom have never met face to face, but who carry each other in their hearts and thoughts.
So.....How do you get aboard? Friend, you are already there!!! If there is a particular day you wish us to make sure we are beside you, just let us know, and we'll put you on the Passenger List....Otherwise, when you hear us coming up your driveway , jump onboard with the rest of the Friends!
You are in our thoughts. Please let us know how you are doing.
The good thing about "Pinkie" is that you never have to really look for her...She tends to just know when she is needed! She swings by to pick us each up as well as the patient, and whisk us to the destination! She is really very smart and very organized!
However, to make sure that we all are up and ready to ride, just post a littlenote on the community board and let us know when and for what....Then we will make sure your name is on the Passenger List for the week needed.
Incidentally, the Pink Bus isn't merely for medical situations...She is also very happy to escort us all to weddings, graduations, vacations spots, etc. In fact, she loves that!!
When you place your request, make sure you note if there is a particular drink or food or entertainment or whatever which will make your trip more enjoyable for you. We aim to please!
Knowing how much to share with employers and how much can be required to be shared is often a concern for patients. Here are a few guidelines in that area:
Your medical records are shared by a range of people both in and out of the health industry. Generally, you have to give your permission before they share them. However, you might not have the choice if you want to obtain insurance benefits.
Usually employers get your medical information by asking you to authorize disclosure of the records. Sometimes this falls outside of HIPAA rules..for instance, if they ask this as part of a background check for employment.
Now onto the Disabilities Act which might prove most beneficial to you... (Please note that sometimes these rules apply only when the business employs more than a set number of employees) :
Employers may not ask job applicants about medical information or require a physical examination prior to offering employment. After employment is offered, an employer can only ask for a medical examination if it is required of all employees holding similar jobs.
If you are turned down for work based on the results of a medical examination, the employer must prove that it is physically impossible for you to do the work required.