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The $5.2 Million Man: When Is It Time To Die?


Five-point-two million dollars were spent to keep one 69-year-old retired prison guard alive in the Duke University Hospital ICU for 34 days; he was then discharged to death. His wife said, “I was just hoping it would save my husband’s … Continue reading

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$351 to Drive 288 Miles: Your Medicaid Money


I have just gotten off the phone with Diana, in Texas, who reports that the temperature there “has been cold, but went up into the sixties today.”  I reported that here in Syracuse, New York, it was -9 degrees when … Continue reading

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Black Girls and White Women (Part I)


I only know one other person who is getting Medicaid home health aides and she is just as outraged as I am at how we get treated. She concurs with everything I say about aides being arrogant and bossy, and … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.” (Part IV)


Without aides— I only get a shower about once a week. The bed sheets get changed about twice a month. My income is $834/month. I spend about $60/month on private-pay aides. Because there is no one to wash the dishes, … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.” (Part III)


Continuation to https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/i-dont-know-i-really-dont-part-ii/ Around this time—“this time” being near the beginning of June—Long Term Care’s nurse supervisor, Marge Owens, named the licensed home health care agencies with whom the county contracts: All Metro Health Care, Home Aides of CNY, Interim … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.” (Part II)


N.B. The Onondaga County web site states that Adult and Long Term Services includes Aging, Long Term Care, Veterans, Adult Protective and Mental Health; Commissioner Long’s secretary says it includes “Aging, Mental health, NY Connects, Protective Services, Veterans.” [“Nancy Lell/Secretary … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know; I Really Don’t.”


The NYS Dept. of Health lists 56 licensed home care agencies that serve Onondaga County; the Onondaga County government only contracts with five of them. Everyone says that right now the list of patients on Medicaid who are awaiting home … Continue reading

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