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Does State Cover Medicare For Disabled?
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My state-Rhode Island pays for my Medicare entirely. No deductions from my monthly SS benefits. I know others can't retire cause of the cost of Medicare. My state will cover cost of further education , When younger went to University of RI for free-dorm costs included. Our bus system can take us virtually everywhere. I've had a free bus pass over 32 years. I can't wait till your beaches open this year I'll just jump on bus w/bag & don't have to worry bout parking..Some people say but it would… read more

posted February 22, 2022
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A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Here in the UK we have the NHS it's not perfect but it's an amazing system. I honestly can't imagine a place like the USA that use hospitals as a place to make a profit off of people being unwell, it's beyond me. But here the NHS is split by Countries. Scotland, England and Wales, in Scotland and Wales all prescription meds are free but some health care workers like doctors do try and encourage you to buy pain relief meds at the supermarket where they are cheap and save the NHS a few pounds too. But England still charge for prescription medication unless it's for a long term condition.

posted April 5, 2022
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I stay in Scotland and for a few years before I had epilepsy I had to pay for m prescriptions then one year Our First Minister of Scotland ( SNP ) of that time managed to get all our prescriptions for free so we don’t have to pay for them anymore so I feel lucky because I have a 4 epilepsy meds and 3 other meds that I need x x

posted March 4, 2022
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Glad to hear that this is the reality in Rhode Island!

It is all dependent upon the laws of your state. In Massachusetts a law was passed years ago that all residents will have some form of health insurance. Thus, when I was no longer working at Massachusetts General Hospital and could not find work again, I qualified for Mass Health (Medicare) entirely because I no longer had the health insurance that I had when I was working.

And it will have no deductions from my monthly SS benefits when I am old enough to qualify.

Unfortunately, this is not a reality in a lot of states in the USA, thus too many people have no health insurance at all (even many who are working because many employers in blue collar jobs keep the hours per week below 30 hours so that they do not have to offer the health insurance as a job benefit.

posted February 22, 2022 (edited)
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

In Australia 🇦🇺 our federal government covers Medicare, Disability Support Pension, Unemployment Benefits etc. Although we have state run hospitals.

posted April 2, 2022 (edited)
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

That is correct when you turn 65 yes you’re if you’re on regular insurance check it out make sure you’re covered don’t lie on the applications honest and upfront I’m on medication and everything because if you lie about it just remember one thing they don’t have anything it is a pre-existing condition but it doesn’t give them anything that cover you for as long as you go without real any problems or not something that can be covered they are going to come in your medication they will charge you a higher price that is all they do and sometimes it’s best to buy your own insurance and search for it go to the search engines and Google for it and I recommend that because that way you know exactly what you’re gonna pay for how much you’re gonna pay and if your company pays for your help insurance rate but they can also subsidize you would say that way you know exactly what’s gonna happen you don’t lose anything either so have a great day.

posted February 24, 2022

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