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  •  no care without coverage (8+ / 0-)

    but care reform is needed as well. That's where the wellness and prevention provisions are key.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 08:18:38 AM PDT

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    •  But if you don't have coverage (1+ / 0-)
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      you don't get the wellness and preventive care either.

      Or am I misunderstanding that provision?

      In other words, how do I, an uninsured person with no income, walk into a doctor's office and demand care -- even preventive care -- when I have no coverage? Will they give me a mammogram, a colonoscopy, or any other tests if I don't have insurance?

      Oh, I know. I wait until 2014, right?

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 08:34:44 AM PDT

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      •  well, you don't demand (1+ / 0-)
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        wishingwell

        the HCR bill is not fully active but you will be able to purchase insurance and not be denied. You will then have coverage. You will then get care.

        Does it suck that it doesn't go into effect right now? Yes. Blame republicans.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 08:41:21 AM PDT

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        •  But I have no income, (1+ / 0-)
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          so I'm not going to be purchasing coverage. So I still don't get care.

          And even the Dems said it couldn't go into effect right away, so why do I blame Republicans for that? Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln aren't Republicans, by the way. They ACT like them, but, nominally, they are Dems. Same with the clowns in the House, such as Bart Stupak.

          That's who I blame.

          "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

          by Brooke In Seattle on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 08:46:29 AM PDT

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          •  If you have no income, are you eligible for (1+ / 0-)
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            for medicaid, ie Access card for medical care.

            I have a friend on social security who has medicare but also he is eligible, based on his low income status, for public assistance medical access card to pay what medicare does not pay.

            I have another friend who is out of work and unemployment ran out. She is eligible for a medical assitance card as long as she completes the job search requirements via the State Dept of Public Assistance requirements.  

            Most people with low income or zero income should be eligible for at least temporary medical coverage via their county assistance office.  When I was unemployed but my husband was working, we were eligible for a small amount of food stamps but I got an medical assistance ( medicaid ) card.

            It all depends on household income. It depends on household earnings for eligibility.

          •  I am not sure how Washington state works but I (0+ / 0-)

            know a great deal about public assistance here in PA.
            And I know Welfare Reform and eligibilty very well.

            I am now a retired psychologist but one of the jobs I head more recently was working with clients affected by Welfare Reform and the long term unemployed in navigating the system and providing support and counseling.

            If you have no income or low income, there are services available.  I would be glad to help anyone out there navigate through this if I can.
            As I basically know the ropes and application and eligibility procedures.  

    •  Precisely such as no deductibles and co pays (1+ / 0-)
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      for preventative tests like mammograms and pap smears for women. Most of us have those annually.

      When I go next week to my ObGyn, I will just pay a copay of 35 dollars to see the physicial as an office visit. But the exam and pap smear lab testing will be completely covered.

      I can go for a mammogram and pay nothing. That is huge for women!

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