No programs available for people in their 50's who all of sudden have health issues.

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Also unable to work and lose their health insurance. I was diagnose with breast cancer 6 years ago and the mean time I have developed multiple serious health issues. My husband recently was diagnose with prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. We both have been unable to work since May and June of last year. We could no longer pay our health insurance has we have no income coming in. We both have filed for disability but that is a long process. Mine is at the hearing process. Meanwhile, we still have medication and we need medical treatment, bills to be paid, etc.. Medicaid says we don't qualify. Obamacare says we don't qualify because of no income. Our family is in a critical situation. I have medicine that is needing to be refilled and doctor appointments, mri's and ekg's I have missed. Now my husband is in the same situation as myself. A bad situation has worsen, and we need help. We both have been working since we were 18 years old. My husband is 55 and I am 53. We are swept under the rug through the system.

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About Scotts office answer, it could be that the staffer did not understand your situation. FL didn't do a state run medicaid expansion for the Afforable care Act but FL still has whatever Medicaid programs running that were in place before FL declined expansion participation. For states that did this, (mostly southern states with republican governors btw), there are all sorts of private exchanges that have set up to fill the void. Healthcare.gov has info on these on-line.

Medicare covers those under 65 with certain disabilities, ESRD, ALS. One of my BFF is 60 and had rapid onset aphasia became unemployed then onto SSDI and now is covered by Medicare. Establishing disability was key for qualifying.
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Excuse the long post, but the Community Clinics don't just serve Medicaid. From their website:http://ecc-clinic.org/faqs
Escambia Community Clinics, 14 W Jordan St, Pensacola, FL 32501
P: (850) 436-4630 | F: (850) 436-2095
Urgent Care Hours of Operation
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
What is Escambia Community Clinics?
Escambia Community Clinics, Inc.(ECC) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) community health center established in January 1991 and opened for service in November 1992. In 2007, Escambia Community Clinics, Inc. was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). ECC provides services throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and surrounding areas designated by HRSA as medically underserved populations and health professional shortage areas.

With over a twenty year history of providing outpatient primary care services to the medically needy, uninsured, underinsured, and working poor citizens of our community, ECC has grown to be the primary medical home for thousands of area residents. ECC operates nine service delivery locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, with the main service delivery site located at 14 West Jordan Street in Pensacola. Our other sites, including pediatric, dental and family practice clinics, are located conveniently throughout our service area. ECC also has two 38' mobile units to provide medical and dental outreach to our community.
Where are your clinics located?

ECC has nine fixed sites and two mobile units. ECC's main site is located at 14 W. Jordan Street in Pensacola and other sites are located in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. A mobile medical unit and a mobile dental unit are also approved sites in ECC's scope of sites.
Are services free?
No, services at Escambia Community Clinics are not free. Patients pay for services according to their income and household size by applying for our sliding fee schedule.
What do I do if I can’t pay for my care?
Your ability to pay should not stop you from receiving the health care you need. You might be eligible to set up a payment plan or we can arrange for you to pay for services on a sliding fee scale.
How can I obtain Medicaid or enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage through the Marketplace?
You can see one of our ECC Outreach and Enrollment staff or Financial Counselors at one of our centers and they can assist you with the application process.
Can anyone apply for the sliding fee schedule?
Yes, depending on your financial situation. We encourage everyone to discuss the sliding fee program with our financial counselors and apply for the sliding fee program if they think they are eligible. Links to our welcome letter and sliding fee application are on this website.
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Medicaid has not extend the program in Florida. According to their guidelines you would have to have small children in the household in order to qualify. I actually spoke to Rick Scott's office and they confirmed this. How can you qualify for Medicare if you are in your 50's?
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It is the role and tactics of any insurance, SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, and Medi-Cal to first deny that you qualify. It just is. Imop.
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You should both be on Medicare, not Medicaid. Have you looked into that?
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What's the reason Medicaid advised you didn't qualify? If you have no income, I don't understand why you wouldn't. How are you paying utility bills, mortgage, etc.?

Have you talked to the social workers in the oncology department of the hospital, or asked your oncologists about how to get help? They often know of sources that aren't readily available to the public.

Contact the manufacturers of the meds you need; often big pharmaceuticals have plans to provide meds for people in need.
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Have you checked with the Florida department of health in your area? they do have services for uninsured adults. If your financial situation is so dire and you have NO income, then I'm not sure why you are not eligible for Medicaid...
I pulled the info below from the website for Florida Dept of Health in Escambia County. http://escambia.floridahealth.gov/about-us/faq/index.html
1. How do I schedule an appointment?
Call 850-595-6500, Option 1 for appointments. DOH-Escambia is located on 1295 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL 32501 (beside the ECAT bus station).
2. Where can I find information about eligibility?
Call 850-595-6500, Option 1. Once your eligibility appointment is scheduled, the clerk will provide a list of all required documentation to bring with you.
3. How do I receive dental services?
Call 850-912-8880 for more information about Escambia Community Clinic’s (ECC) dental services. You can also call 850-471-6983 or 850-912-8923 if interested in Pro Med dental services.
4. Who is eligible for dental services?
Escambia Community Clinics (ECC) eligibility requirements:
children covered by Medicaid ages 0-20, Full Medicaid adults, Please Note: Clients may have to confirm dental eligibility with Medicaid prior to making appointment., and Uninsured adults Please Note: Uninsured adults must complete ECC financial eligibility paperwork and receive approval for ECC Medical Assistance Program. There's a sliding fee scale for adult uninsured clients.
Pro Med Eligibility Requirements:
Pediatric and adult Denta Quest,
Healthy Kids through Denta Quest and Children’s Medical Services
Medicaid
5. What dental services are provided?
Escambia Community Clinic provides the following services:
Exams, X-rays, Extractions, Fillings for children and adults (sliding fee for adults)
Please Note: Patients must schedule an exam and x-ray prior to receiving extraction or filling. Emergency extractions may be done at the discretion of a dentist.
Pro Med provides the following services:
Routine appointments
Urgent appointments
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