Wednesday, May 04, 2011
There are friends of mine without health care - here are some pointers:
Remember if you retire early at 62 & ARE DISABLED you may qualify for Medicare!
There are LOTS of free clinics and support for meds and such. Just ran across a great site - www.Needymeds.com - Even connects to disease-related support & discount drug programs.
The drug companies may actually be able to GIVE you FREE meds! I was broke once & qualified...Check with the drug mfg. of whatever you have been prescribed -& ask for SAMPLES if you are having a hard time paying for drugs - Also confer with your doctor about reasonable-costing meds - They don't always think of that when prescribing.
Do your internet research - In just a quick & easy search of resources for that 62-year-old, I found city-based resources, county-based resources, and food programs - They are THERE if you LOOK.
Remember that you must be somewhat aggressive & consistent in looking for support. Don't give up at the beginning! (For ex. disability SSI is routinely turned DOWN the first time. You have to apply several times & it helps to have an advocate. You can find advocates who will work on a contingency basis - that it, take the $ later from any lump sum payments - on the net). Perhaps you can get a friend or relative to advocate for you when looking for support.
It is very hard - I have been thru it myself - but with some doing, you, too, can get support!
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