I’ve been suffering with a lot of illness 3 surgeries in 2 1/2 months.. I need help I need Medicaid. I will not be able to do my Radiation treatments 5days a week for 6wks I on a fix income SSA?

Q) I’ve been suffering with a lot of illness 3 surgeries in 2 1/2 months. This last surgery I had a tumor behind my ear but when he went in the tumor was deep in my jaw underneath and in between my nerves so he had to pull and more my facial nerves out of the way which caused me to have a stroke and my left eye won’t close I have to tape it close. Tumor was cancerous I have to start Radiation in 2wks. They’re asking for over $49,000 my insurance is paying 80% I have to pay 20%. I’m 66 years old. and been in wheelchair for 3yrs.stroke on left side. I’ve had Heart attack had to get 2 stints .I have a lot of medical problems, I had Medicaid in New Orleans but Georgia would not except it. I need help I need Medicaid. I will not be able to do my Radiation treatments 5days a week for 6wks I on a fix income SSA? PLEASE HELP ME.

A) I’m really sorry to hear about all the health challenges you’ve been facing. It sounds like you are going through an incredibly difficult time. You have been through a lot and I admire your courage and strength. I hope you are getting the best care possible and that you have a good support system. I can offer some guidance on potential steps you can take to seek help:

Medicaid: Since you mentioned that Georgia would not accept your Medicaid from New Orleans, you should try to apply for Medicaid in Georgia if you now reside in the state. You can contact the Georgia Department of Community Health or visit their website to find information about eligibility criteria and the application process.

To apply for Medicaid in Georgia, you have a few options. You can apply online through the Georgia Gateway Customer Portal or through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can also apply by phone, in person, or by mail. You will need to provide some information about your income, assets, citizenship, and medical needs. You can find more details about how to apply and what documents you need on the Georgia Medicaid website or on the Georgia.gov website. Apply for Medicaid in Georgia. You can apply online at Georgia Gateway or by calling the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) information line at 1-877-423-4746.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, you can contact the Georgia Medicaid office at 1-800-436-7442 or visit their website. You can also contact your local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office or find a community partner organization that can help you with the process. You can search for these resources on the Georgia Gateway Customer Portal or on the Aging and Disability Resource Connection website.

Social Security Administration (SSA): If you are on a fixed income through SSA, you might be eligible for additional assistance programs. Reach out to the SSA to inquire about available benefits and resources that can help you with your medical expenses.

Local Assistance Programs: Investigate local programs or charitable organizations in your area that offer financial assistance to individuals in need. Many non-profit organizations and community-based groups provide support to individuals facing challenging medical situations.

Hospital Financial Counselor: Contact the hospital or medical facility where you are receiving treatment and speak with a financial counselor. They can help you understand your options and potentially arrange a payment plan that fits your situation.

Cancer Support Organizations: There are organizations dedicated to helping cancer patients access treatment and support. Reach out to cancer support groups in your area or nationally recognized organizations that provide financial assistance to cancer patients.

Contact the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society has a number of programs and services that can help cancer patients with financial assistance, transportation, and other resources. You can find more information on their website or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
Look into cancer-specific financial assistance programs. There are a number of organizations that offer financial assistance to cancer patients. Some of these programs are specific to certain types of cancer, while others are more general. You can find a list of cancer-specific financial assistance programs on the National Cancer Institute website.

Crowdfunding: You may consider setting up a crowdfunding campaign online to seek support from friends, family, and the wider community. Websites like GoFundMe or GiveForward can help you set up such campaigns.

Remember, reaching out to friends, family, and support networks can also be helpful during this challenging time. They might be able to assist you with resources, emotional support, or practical help.

Additionally, don’t hesitate to discuss your financial concerns with your healthcare team. They might be aware of resources or programs that could be beneficial in your situation.

I hope you find the support and assistance you need to undergo your radiation treatments and continue on the path to recovery. Wishing you strength and healing during this difficult time.

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