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  •  Here in Oregon especially rural areas, getting a (7+ / 0-)

    doctor to accept a new Medicare patient, is next to impossible.

    What is good, is hospitalization esp ER admits. With classic Medicare and a good gap policy, they seem happy.

    I was told by my SHIBA rep they cannot come back for more money if Medicare and Medigap have paid. I keep being told, you will see no bill.

    I haven't tested that statement yet, but I surely hope it is true.

    I am still going through spreadsheets of providers from last year's private insurance coverage. 14 ER admits, physician visits, labs, and they all wanted the part their discounted rates didn't cover from me. Was sent to collections for $2.38, no kidding.

    I want to shout out to Senator Jeff Merkley's staff, they got me into Medicare, which I was qualified for, but my private carrier like those $1000/month payments too much to send a certificate of continuos coverage to SSA. So we fought for two years and I gave up.

    Then when they saw this year was going to be like last year they dropped me around April 15 with two weeks notice.

    Merkley's people made sure I was moved over to Medicare as was appropriate anyway, with no gap in coverage.

    Senator Merkley, a true progressive.

    Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 07:24:40 PM PDT

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