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Sunday, May 15, 2011 Retta22, Community Member, asks


I have been in chronic pain for 15 yrs due to a hysterectomy with severe complications. I have IC,FMS,Migraines,Spinal Arthritis, etc... My dr of 6 yrs dumped me because he no longer accepts medicaid. I got no referral was on my own. I been on methadone for many years as that helps my pain so much. I tried to buy private insurance but it does not cover anything due to pre-exisiting conditons. I have been looking for 9 months, I saw a dr for 3 months who mostly wants to do procedures. I had a lumbar block and that didnt work as I was having severe burning pain in my hips that radiates to my legs so  he wanted to do a epidural that I have had in the past. I just got a letter from my insurance Co . and they dont cover the block so I now owe this dr $3000 I cant afford so I wont be able to go back unless I can pay that. I made the mistake of consulted a pain dr that cost $400 then he charges $300 per month for follow up visits. I am on SSI and have a very low income. Plus he does not know about methadone. now my pain level is back to unmanageable and I will have to quit my  job if I dont get pain relief. I dont know where to turn,. I have called mediciad and the list they gave me I called them all and they also no  longer accept mediciad. Im up against the wall here. I just want my life back.Its ashame that the resourses are out there but I cant get the help. Thank you for any advise.

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Cort, Health Guide
5/21/11 11:24pm

What a terrible situation! The Medicaid reimbursement problem has really turned into a crisis. Your local health department or social service agency could have a good handle on who in area might still accept Medicaid in your area.


If you can get into an HMO that might help as they often accept it. Prepaid Health Plans run by hospitals or medical schoolsoften will accept Medicaid patients as well - so check out University Centers and major hospitals in your area. I wish you the best of luck!




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By Retta22, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/21/11, First Published: 05/15/11