Many with a diagnosis of Crohn's or Colitis are unable to work or enjoy many social or physical activities. The burden of paying medical expenses adds undue stress to an already stressful situation.
Listed below are resources to assist you with finding help for health care expenses. Take some time, research the sites, plug your information in and hopefully come up with helpful resources.
IRS- I contacted the IRS to ask if nutritional supplements for the diagnosis of crohn's and colitis were deductible. They provided the above link which explains- you cannot claim them UNLESS they are recommended by a medical practitioner as treatment for a specific medical condition diagnosed by a physician.
Tip - Print out blank monthly calendars , note your doctor, dental appointments, hospital trips and pharmacy trips. Mapquest, etc., your trips to keep mileage handy so you are not constantly counting miles. Note the amounts you pay to doctors, dentists, labs, hospitals, pharmacies and attach a copy of the PAID receipt to the calendar. At the end of the month total everything up and write the total on the bottom of the calendar. This will save you time and you will not be looking for receipts during tax season.
A program within Medicaid, Medically Needy , is available for those who earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid. It allows you to spend down your income by deducting medical bills. If you do not have insurance and have overwhelming medical bills check with your State Medicaid Office for eligibility. This is usually a month by month coverage.
The Medicaid website states "Even if you are not sure whether you qualify, if you or someone in your family needs health care, you should apply for Medicaid and have a qualified caseworker in your state evaluate your situation.'
To find a hospital or doctor - Find A Health Center - find federally funded health centers even if you have no insurance. Pay what you can based on your income.
I can see there are some upsetting posts here. This community was created to lend support and offer advice. This community should never be stressful or upsetting. For some of you, this is the only place to safely vent and complain about the symptoms problems associated with Crohns and Colitis.
Each one of you are in different stages of your symptoms and disease both physically and psychologically. Each one of you handles the symptoms and complications differently.
Please try to understand and empathize with others in their struggles. Also, please understand that advice and suggestions are offered in support, that is what this community is about.
Let's take a deep breath and remember how important this community is to each and everyone. You are a wonderful group of people.