(Closed) Foundations to assist uninsured expecting mothers?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

She should totally be able to get on medicaid BECAUSE she is pregnant.  She needs to head to the public welfare office NOW.  Do they have WIC in New York?  She could have been getting this entire time she is pregnant.  I’m not pregnant and never have been, but I know friends that have been…I do have medicaid insurance because of my diabetes tho, and I can tell you I got on it damn fast.  Tell her to move her little butt immediately.  It’s worth a shot.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

She should also check if her hospital has any indigent programs for those who can’t pay.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Sounds like this is a nice girl going through tough times.  It’s really thoughtful of you to try to help her out with this situation. I hope (really and truly) that she finds someone to help her out.

Now, at the risk of derailing this thread, I couldn’t help but remember your post from a couple weeks ago about babies, in which you said: 

“I see so many young parents out there that can hardly even take care of themselves yet they reproduce over and over again. I think its irresponsible and annoying since in the end, my tax dollars will be going towards their welfare checks. Now, obviously this isn’t the case for everyone so don’t jump down my throat but just look at the statistics.”

As someone who believes very strongly in the social safety net and in helping people like your friend get back on their feet after mistakes, I have to ask you: do you think your friend is one of those “welfare” cases that society should cut loose, since she didn’t plan ahead and couldn’t afford to have this baby? and if not, how does that affect your position on this broader issue?

If she gets help from a foundation, do you think she should have to “pay that money back”? If not, what makes her more deserving?

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

The government assistance is medicaid…sorry, just went back and reread your whole post.  By the way, when I was put on it, they were able to backdate my insurance four months to take care of some past medical bills.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

And so not related, but you’re getting married on my birthday lol.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Even if she doesn’t get Medicaid in time for the birth, if they qualify (which it sounds like they should) they back date it  3 or 4 months. Which would then cover the hospital bills. She will probably get bills from the hospital until her case is  approved but after that they should stop. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I was on Medicaid during my pregnancy, and I got it pretty fast. She can probably talk to somebody in the obgyn in her hospital about getting set up. That’s what I had to do. They do backdate it to help with other bills. If she works part-time, I don’t see how she wouldn’t be able to get it. They only paid for anything pregnancy related with me, which was all I needed.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@UpstateCait: WHere does she live? In MA there are great, affordable state insurance options. It’s illegal to not have insurance here, so they actually have made options that work.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Many hospitals also will work with patients to set up payment plans.  In addition, at least in Ohio, many hospitals will waive part/most/all of the cost if you make below a certain amount.  Can she call the hospital she will deliver at and ask the billing department if they can talk to her about options ahead of time?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@UpstateCait: Sure. I think she should go and apply. I had my daughter after I was raped when I was 18 and didn’t have insurance and they obviously couldn’t turn me away from the hospital. But nurses there referred me to Medicaid and it covered the entire hospital bill for me. Honestly, I had my daughter without an epidural and sorry about to be Too Much Information, but I tore a little bit and them stitching me is what I remember being the worst lol

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