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Medicaid recipients have tough
time finding other coverage

By Staff
LOOKING FOR HELP Sharon Burt, left, an independent living specialist with Living Independence for Everyone of Central Mississippi, looks over the Mississippi Division of Medicaid Web site with Lynelle Harrell of Meridian. Harrell is seeking prescription coverage through Medicare, as well as help purchasing prescriptions through patient assistance programs of pharmaceutical companies. Harrell is among 65,000 Mississippians who are expected to lose Medicaid benefits Sept. 15. Photo by Steve Gillespie / The Meridian Star.
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
July 26, 2004
Richard Salter of Meridian has had little luck finding a way to help family members pay for prescription medication once they and about 65,000 other Mississippians are removed from Medicaid.
He has contacted state offices, pharmacies, doctors and representatives of the federally-funded Medicare program. So far, he said, Medicare has agreed to pay for one of 10 prescriptions the elderly couple uses.
Salter said state Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, has even helped him contact pharmaceutical companies. But, Salter said, the process has been discouraging.
Mississippi plans to remove 65,000 people from Medicaid by Sept. 15. Officials say that 18,000 of them could receive federal waivers to remain on Medicaid, while others could use the federal Medicare program.
Barbour's letter
In a letter to Medicaid recipients last week, Gov. Haley Barbour said he is sorry Mississippi's Medicaid program is in such bad financial shape that people have to be shifted to the Medicare program alone.
Nevertheless, Salter and other residents say they are having trouble finding alternative ways for funding medical expenses.
Lynelle Harrell of Meridian is a client with Living Independence For Everyone, or LIFE, of Central Mississippi an organization that assists people with disabilities.
Harrell, who takes 18 medications, said she has found alternative means of paying for about half of her prescriptions.
Helping people
Sharon Burt, independent living specialist in the LIFE Meridian office, has been helping Harrell and other clients find alternative prescription drug coverage with the computer in her office.
Burt also said those who find a patient assistance program where they can get medication may only be approved for three to six months. After that, she said, they will have to re-apply for the assistance.
Salter said a request for a hearing with Medicaid to keep his family members covered was denied last week.
Besides pharmaceutical companies, Salter said the only thing his loved ones have to fall back on is a Medicare card which won't cover expenses to the extent Medicaid did.

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