Wednesday, January 04, 2017
New Year's Challenges
Happy New Year folks!
I have my first challenge of the new year. Yesterday I received the three (huge) bills that resulted from Bill's emergency room visit of December 1st. Now the challenge to get the VA to pay for it.
Bill doesn't have Medicare Part B. Fortunately for us he's never needed it since he began Medicare at sixty-five years of age, twenty-three years ago. Medicare Part B would cover the emergency room costs plus the ambulance cost. We got that bill yesterday too.
The VA says they "may" pay for non-service related emergency room visits if eight conditions are met. I won't relate all those conditions but Bill meets all of them.
It's interesting all the bills one receives for an emergency room visit. A bill for anesthesia. A billfor the emergency room doctor. We have yet to receive the one for the emergency room services, which I expect today.
I'm glad that I can navigate the system to take care of Bill. He wouldn't be able to do it. I wonder what other senior citizens who live alone handle something like this. Those poor folks. Not even senior citizens, how about a younger vet who has PST or other problems? Our health care system is a challenge.
Sorry folks, not in the mood for one of my usually light and interesting blog posts. I'm waiting for the billing department of the VA to call me back. I hope we get the resolved soon. I hate something like this hanging over my head.