May 10, 2013 - 12:35 pm
It has been quite the ordeal. It took a month and finally got somewhere thanks to Deb my case worker through the SHIP Program which is Medicares department of aging that works with claims and other issues that people are having trouble with.
She had a contact within SSA Regional office in Denver a Supervisor Kathy, who did aditional training for Medicare workers every year in Denver. Deb called me the week before and asked my permission to give my information to a contact that she had at a higher level in Denver. Kathy me a week, ago Thursday, asked questions, whom I spoke with in Medicare, dates, and information given. Told her I had an appointment with SSA in downtown office Friday am per the advanced resoution center with Medicare to turn in SSA Form 561 to resolve this.
She said more misinformation. That form has nothing to do with Part B. That was on Thursday, she said she would call me Tuesday morning. Sure enough, 8:01 Tuesday morning she called and had it all approved AND in the system, now just waiting for it to trickle down to the website so my insurance company can start processing the claims back to March 1 2013.
Said to tell everyone that if you are on SSDI and become eligible for Medicare Part B. Unless you are under a spouse/partners insurance plan and not on Your companies plan, take the Part B. The problem here was I was on a COBRA Plan, and 1 800-Medicare was giving me information as though my medical plan was based on a spouse/partner.
Now they will take 4 months of premiums out of my May SSDI check for Mar, Apr, May and June as it is paid one month in advance, even though SSI is paid one mone in arrears!
Cant tell you how much stress releif I feel. Now if I can get rid of a five day headache that is shooting pain from my neck and jaw up my head, and increased rib pain and tightening in the chest. I will be happy! But I am not having any trouble breathing, so that is a good thing.
Had chemo yesterday, celebrating Mother's Day today (going fishing with the boys and daughter-in-law), and then to see the Great Gatsby! Sundays are not good days for me. 2 chemos left and I am done with treatments then in 3-4 weeks I will have CT and Bone scan to see if this chemo even worked. He thought it would help with the pain, but it has increasingly gotten worse. Nurse says it could be worse due to cellular changes or continued growth. Will find out soon enough! Just the break will be good!
Happy Mother's Day to all!