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jenjen1044
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Posted - Aug 17 2018 :  5:19:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Mom has COPD and is in bad shape. She is 60 years old and does not have insurance. She applied a while back for SSI and got turned down. She needs O2 bad. Does anyone know of any avenues for help. We are in Mississippi

PennyPA
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Posted - Aug 17 2018 :  8:28:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why is she not on Social Security Disability if she's in bad shape? If she was turned down for SSI, she must have enough income to put her over the SSI threshold. Has her doctor ordered O2 for her?

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jenjen1044
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  09:40:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No she applied and they told her she had not worked in 5 years so they denied it. I am trying to help her get it applied for again. The Dr has not ordered told her it was expensive. They came in and told her she was bad off and some nodules she has wont even be looked at. I really upset they told her this. I feel they just give up because she has no insurance. She is on a plan they allows her to go to Dr every so often through a hospital. I am sick with worry.
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JR WA
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  12:30:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, I'm curious about a couple of things that you mention above. Now I'm from Washington and Mississippi is a world away from my experience, but federal, state and local doings are largely discoverable if you're looking in the right places.
First, the doctor or his patient care coordinator should be able to point you to O2 at a discounted or free rate somewhere locally if needed. To know whether or not she needs it, she should have been tested at rest and with activity to see how her oxygen saturation looks. And sometimes it's done with and without oxygen supplementation to see if the patient feels better and looks better with it.
Second, if she is not a candidate for SS Disability, what about Medicaid? That's a blend of federal and state resources for the disabled and financial needy. I know in some states they're hit hard with new limitations on state funding so Mississippi might or might not be one of them. Again, the doctor's patient care coordinator should be able to point you at local or state help. Or an insurance specialist that is free of charge for you. They're around - look for health care insurance brokers.
Third, many cities have free clinics or traveling healthcare providers to help out in these financially and socially stressed times. Perhaps you can get on the computer and look up Free Clinics in the closest cities, or even one that's a bit of a drive. They might be able to get you set up for care support in your area.
Without knowing the scope of your mom's problems, one can't interpret the doctor's action of not wanting to look at nodules. But I can say that nodules are frequently insignificant and it may be appropriate to simply recheck them in a few months to see if they are growing or changing. So ask him - what are we doing about these nodules? He may be planning to look again and didn't mention that.
For most of us, navigating this health care system in daunting. It shouldn't be that way but don't get me started there. Your mom is lucky to have you in her corner. Don't give up, keep at it and this is a good forum to be in, as there is lots of good advice here.
Good luck!
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jenjen1044
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  4:57:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the information. She is in with a clinic through a local hospital. She see a lung Dr there that told her she was so bad off that even if she were to have cancer she can not be put to sleep for a biopsy or tolerate chemotherapy. This Dr just told her the O2 was exspensive. He was nice to her but made her feel hopeless. It like they herd them through because they do not have insurance.
I appreciate all the advice and I will check all this out. This is one Dr opinion!! I will do all I can for her and not let her give up!!
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tsainta
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USA
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  6:53:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a link to Medicaid in Mississippi: https://medicaid.ms.gov/

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Jocopd
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USA
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  8:22:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.caremississippi.org/list18_mississippi_elder_law_attorneys_lawyers_medicaid_advice.htm

Disability lawyers are not allowed to charge up front, they get their money when SSD pays your mom. Makes them work harder to get it so they don't mess you around.
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jenjen1044
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USA
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Posted - Aug 21 2018 :  09:16:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all so much! We will be working on this!!
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