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Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Tuesday, January 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By: Susan Jaffe

www.npr.org, 1/17/18

 

 

Colin Campbell needs help dressing, bathing and moving between his bed and his wheelchair. He has a feeding tube because his partially paralyzed tongue makes swallowing "almost impossible," he says.

Campbell, 58, spends $4,000 a month on home health care services so he can continue to live in his home just outside Los Angeles. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, which relentlessly attacks the nerve cells in his brain and spinal cord and has no cure.

 

Because of his disability, he has Medicare coverage, but he can't use it for home care — as the former computer systems manager has been told by 14 home health care providers.

 

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