I am Beside Myself AGAIN

@celticeagle (115036)
Boise, Idaho
March 7, 2013 7:04pm CST
(Did they make this category just for me or what?) Okay, so I get Social Security and Medicare. My Part D Medicare(for Rxs)I have to pay a monthly premium for it. Well Medicaid just started paying it for me afew years ago. I am thankful but this year I get a phone call telling me that Medicaid will pay all BUT $2.60or so of the monthly premium. Okay. So I sent a check to them this month for the amount that they don't pay for the entire year. So that all got handled. But I have to fill out my eight pages of informaion annually to get this help with the amount of the premium that they will pay. So I got it last month, filled it all out and mailed it in. Now today i get a letter saying they hadn't gotten it and so I called them. (My daughter gets Medicaid and we had to manually take her annual paperwork in to the office because they didn't get it.) So then I get mine and it is the same letter. So I called and I guess it just crossed in the mail and they DID get my paperwork. So do you get help or do you have insurance and unreasonable paperwork? Why does it have to be done annually? Why not ever other year or every few years? For those people who are seniors or are poor and it is going to be the same info forever? Unless there is a change ofcourse. Why do they have to fill out paperwork every year? It seems like a waste to me.
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• United States
8 Mar 13
I went through this with my late mother-in-law and it was a pain. My late mother-in-law had very bad arthritis and there were times when I had to write things for her. I helped her with her finances as well because she was always afraid that she would run out of money. There were times when she had to choose between buying food or getting her medication which is very sad. She could not ask Randy for help because he was already paying all the bills (she lived with him) and the younger brother would not help because his wife would not allow him to. I agree it is a waste to fill out the paperwork every year (unless there are significant changes). The forms are a pain to fill out. Randy gets social security and is not on medicade because he gets insurance through the Veteran's Adminsitration (he was a vet).
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 13
It is pretty screwy. I guess if they don't have you fill it all out eachtime you won't take a notice or anything seriously and they'd really be in a mess.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
8 Mar 13
The paperwork that I do for my son with cerebral palsy is unreal. From the insurance, to the government, schools, etc. I thought it would slow a bit as he got older. Boy, was I wrong. He turned 18 and there is just as much if not more.
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 13
That's sad. Probably more skeptical since he's older. Ugh!
@LaDeBoheme (1961)
• United States
8 Mar 13
That's the government. It bamboozles me why they persist in so much paperwork (and I'm literally talking real PAPER-work). A couple of years ago, I was dealing with the Veterans Administration and went to their website. I was amazed to see that they had an app/program available to submit the information online. I did so, and it was so easy and fast. I thought, "Omigod, this isn't as hard as I thought it was going to be" feeling quite pleased with myself. HAH! A couple of weeks later, I received this huge packet in the mail with this multi-page document I had to fill out by hand and send back. *sighs* I won't go into the gruesome details, but correspondence back and forth ensued for the next year. Paper! Paper! More paper! No wonder the VA is so far behind and tied up! I am 61. Oh yeah, I am soooo looking forward to dealing with the SSA and Medicare.
@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 13
Sorry to hear of your woes. I am 61 too and have been on disability since 2006. I think that this annual stuff is just silly.
• United States
8 Mar 13
I pay about $22 for my Part D. I have Humana Medicare. It's about twice what it was yesterday. I don't qualify for any help. It's been about 3 years since I got Medicare QI-1. Since I've been doing so well with my writing in yahoo I get over what they allow.
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Mar 13
And probably because of your SILs income too. ANd what all you pay for. I am glad to get the help. I just depend on it and don't want to lose it. We have a bit of a life and I don't want it to go away.
• Pamplona, Spain
12 Mar 13
Hiya celtic, Me I have only just started filling out papers for my personal stuff from England and they are giving me the run around I can tell you as well. Although I have to say they are very much more helpful now once you get past the first load of papers it gets a bit easier and I have to say that they work hard to try to help you out as much as they can. I only ever had loads of paperwork for the Inland Revenue but that was ages ago now. Yours sounds so very complicated though will they ever sort it out?.xxx
@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Mar 13
It seems to have gotten there but it still goes on annually. I think its a waste. If there were changes I could understand it.
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Mar 13
Hello celtic, Really its sometimes hard to believe that the internet exists or should exist for this kind of work now with all the pdfs and all that. I can understand them wanting one hard copy for security but for every year it seems such a wastage of paper and other things when we could easily enjoy ourselves instead of spending hours filling out things like that. xxx
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Mar 13
It's just rediculous. There has to be a better way.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Mar 13
so beaureaucrats can have a job. Every so often my son had to provide his birth certificate, it happened at least 4 times. Then he told, look in your file, you have it, this is not something that will change I can only be born once.
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Mar 13
Really! ANd for seniors and poor folk how many times is their info going to change. Obviously they don't trust us. Anyone that his been getting any kind of help knows they have to send a change within so many days or get booted. Why can't they just have a blank that we sign that says nothing has changed since last year. Save every one some work.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Mar 13
well I am on permanent disability so they don't bother me at all.
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 13
So am I! From Social Security But, the other (medicaid) that helped me with one of the Parts of the Social Security's premium is what its for. And then they don't even pay it all and I had to send them a check for the amount they don't cover.
@KrauseHome (33368)
• United States
12 Mar 13
Well what gets me, is if you are getting Disability or anything and getting Medicare and many times even SSI they are strict on what paperwork you turn in regarding the amount they can give you for everything. But at least here in WA state they are lax on Welfare and that is why so many until getting caught continue to cheat the system here. Personally I think it is to guarantee they are giving out the right benefits especially since the President says we are going broke? Who paid into the Medicare in the first place so they could get it?
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Mar 13
How do we live past SSI and so forth? That is what is scarey to me. We paid into it and yet we won't have it. Ikes! Makes my stomach sore.
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
8 Mar 13
I agree..any re-up should at least be electronic or have that option...seems like a waste of paper & resources to have to fill out hard copies...also, if you had a case worker why did he/she not call you to let you know the paperwork hadn't been received??..probably was an auto-generated form letter and he/she hadn't actually checked for your paperwork
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 13
There is no case worker. It is auto-generated and worded to cover several situaitons I think.
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@Hatley (159223)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Mar 13
hi celticeagel I am so Lucky as my part d is already paid for by somone so I have no paperwork to do at all. thank goodness for that. .I am sorry that they are putting you through all that yearly and its funny just to fix it so you pay a small amount they also make you do a ton of paper work.
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 13
Ya, and then they don't pay it all anyway and I had to send them some to take care of the amount each month that they don't cover. Weird.