How does Medicaid work and how do I get it?
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How does Medicaid work and how do I get it?

So Medicare and Medicaid are two terms that a lot of people seem to mix up on occasion. They are both important insurance programs, but they are run and managed through different levels of government. They also provide different types and degrees of coverage, and the process to get them is different, as is the…

How does Medicare work and how do I get it?
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How does Medicare work and how do I get it?

We are now approaching the beginning of the open enrollment period for Medicare. The enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. This is the time period where we can finalize our plans, adjust our coverage if necessary, and commit to the coverage, and type of coverage, that we will receive for the following year….

Alison’s Adventures in the ER: a migraine story
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Alison’s Adventures in the ER: a migraine story

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the current storm of stress that is happening in my life. My migraine started as a headache during a peak stress day(the day started with dropping my cat Rorschach at the vet’s for an endoscopy, then picking up a bridal shower present for a friend…

Building a partnership with your doctor: good doctor-patient communication
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Building a partnership with your doctor: good doctor-patient communication

Doctor and patient communication should be a two-way street, not one. While your doctor has medical expertise and training in how to recognize and treat medical conditions, you are the expert on your body and your needs. As a patient, it’s your responsibility to gather good information about yourself and your history and symptoms, and…

How can I work and not lose my Social Security Disability Insurance?
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How can I work and not lose my Social Security Disability Insurance?

SSA does actually have an entire program to help people with disabilities return to work.  It is called Ticket to Work.  Whether you are on SSI or SSDI you can request a Ticket to help yourself learn new skills, find work, or rethink your career goals. It’s a voluntary program that will help you with…

Building a partnership with your doctor(s): Deciding when you need to see your doctor
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Building a partnership with your doctor(s): Deciding when you need to see your doctor

This is the first of three posts on creating a partnership with your doctor(or doctors). This post focuses on how often to see your doctor. The second post will be about how to communicate better with your doctor, while the third post digs into recognizing your doctor’s ability(or inability) to work with you. I always…

Medicare (dis)Advantage: Why Medicare Advantage plans don’t live up to the name
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Medicare (dis)Advantage: Why Medicare Advantage plans don’t live up to the name

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare.  The name is disturbingly misleading. It isn’t actually Medicare, and often getting it puts the client at a disadvantage. What do I mean? Well, Medicare Advantage Plans are really private insurance plans that replace original Medicare. They do not need to follow Medicare’s rules and while aspects of…

Does the government help me work after I get disability?
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Does the government help me work after I get disability?

In theory, the federal and state government are very supportive of people with disabilities returning to work. While the practice leaves something to be desired, you definitely can get help with expanding your training or education after becoming disabled, as long as the goal is to become more employable and return to work. Some programs…