“I am too young for Medicare and do not qualify for Indigent Health Care… I just need to voice these concerns to someone.”
[NOTE: I receive e-mail like this almost every day. Please understand that all we want is a fair break for these good American citizens. Frank]
Please let me first tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate your many hours of work to bring all the news to we seniors.
I am looking for a solution to a problem that many Americans are faced with at this time. I am 62 years old and do not have any health coverage of any type.
I was on SSI for four years due to a disability and lack of income. When I reached my current age, I HAD to start receiving my SS which disqualified me from Medicaid.
I am too young for Medicare, do not qualify for Indigent Health Care and the only option I have remaining is to drive 137 miles each way to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
If it were just the time involved, I would not have a problem with that at all. But, my automobile is old and the cost of gasoline is high. There is another hospital in Houston which is much closer to me but since I live in this county (Polk), I must drive twice as far.
I never could figure this one out. Of course, the medical care is not free, it is on a sliding scale basis and I am happy to find out that I have some resource.
I have tried to buy health insurance and can do that, but my health problems are pre-existing, etc., etc., etc.
I do understand that the government cannot give everyone free health care and there are millions of people in my situation; I just need to voice these concerns to someone.
I did send an email to my Congressman, Jim Turner, but I haven’t received any kind of response.
There must be something that we can do as a group to rectify this situation.
I would appreciate any information you and/or your readers could give me.
Thank you for listening and keep up the good work.
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