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My mother resides in an assisted living facility in North Carolina. The fees for her living there consume every penny she has in income, and I pay several thousand that is not covered. She literally has no money. We were up there over the weekend, and I think she had four dollars cash. We cover her other needs too, and get her hair done. She's happy, and she's made many friends.

Now, Social Security writes that her income ($20,000 from my deceased dad's pension, and Social security) is above the maximum income of just over $16,000 (resulting in the infamous "doughnut hole". As a result, Medicare will no longer cover her prescriptions, so my sister and myself must come up with another $700 per month! She never see's that $20,000. It goes straight to the home, and doesn't cover the bill!

I need to know if anyone else has experienced this, and maybe has found a way around this abuse. I've wondered if there might be a way to get prescriptions filled at Wal-Mart, under their $4.00 per prescription deal, or any other ideas? It would seem that Social Security would understand that my mother has no real income, and that every penny goes to the facility that cares for her, but they don't. :evil: Any and all help will be appreciated. :help:
 

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rmodel65 said:
some prescriptions at publix are completely free....
Thanks! I didn't know that. One of the problems inherent is the fact that the "home" won't take prescriptions unless they're direct from a pharmacy, so picking them up and dropping them off is out of the question. Some will deliver, and that may be good enough.
 

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budder said:
Is there a cheaper home available?
Wish it were not so, but she's in one of the cheapest around, and like "CoffeeMate" said, they're going to get every penny anyway.
 
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