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November 6, 2013
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Letter: ObamaCare may fill the gap between Medicare and Medicaid

Two-year wait isn’t practical

I don’t believe in socialized medicine. However, I do believe that if someone pays into a system, such as Social Security, there should be some reimbursement if a person is entitled to it. Unfortunately, Social Security Disability allows some people to fall though the cracks, and the Affordable Health Care Act appears to be one solution to fill in those cracks.

Someone who has a terminally ill disease, but is too young to qualify for Medicare, must currently wait two years before Social Security will make the person eligible to receive Medicaid. I paid Social Security taxes for years, assuming that if a tragedy ever befell me, I would be entitled to medical coverage. I was wrong. A person must be “disabled” for two years before Social Security will provide that medical coverage.

As a stage three cancer survivor, I must wait those two years (assuming I live that long) before Medicaid will pay for my chemotherapy treatments. Thank goodness the Affordable Health Care Act will kick in Jan. 1 and allow me to receive lifesaving treatments at an affordable cost.

Monte Muirhead

Oakland


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