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My brother is 59 and recovering from colon cancer, he still has a colonoscopy bag for about 2 years and he keeps getting infections. He is on Medicare/Medicaid for Nevada and need to get him transported to Colorado. Can anybody help with this.?

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All the questions you are asking. We have already dealt with.
Yes he wants to move. And yes we will be dealing with Medicaid as well.
We were hoping but we will move him when weather is better.
Thanks for concern.
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glorih, may I ask why to want to transport your brother to another State. Do you want him to be closer to you or another relative.

As the others above had mentioned, your brother would need to apply and be accept by Colorado Medicaid. I would check on that before you move your brother.

By the way, does your brother want to move?
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Do NOT move him to another state. Nevada Medicaid ends at the state line. Medicaid will NOT pay for transport anywhere. Hospice services end at the county line. Repeat: no moves.
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First I want to point out that his medicaid is not automatically transferred when you cross state borders, he would need to re apply for coverage in Colorado.

As for the transport, if he has been living with an ostomy for 2 years now and is only 59 I wonder what exactly the barrier is to him taking any kind of ordinary transit?
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I completely forgot to ask if he's getting chemo or radiation, and if so, that would be something to raise with any transport company.

Again, if he is, you'll have to make arrangements in Colorado for continuance of that, and when that could happen would depend on when he gets medical insurance coverage.

Also, if he is on chemo or radiation, I would wonder if the flight would be too difficult for him.
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Glor, what's the overall status of your brother's health beyond the cancer issue? Is he ambulatory? Relatively stable other than the cancer and repeated infections? What stage is his cancer?

I assume you want to bring him to Colorado and care for him in your home? Not to challenge your admirable desires, but have you ever cared for someone with cancer? Do you work full time?

If you're prepared for a real challenge, I think you would have 2 choices: land or air. By land would probably be cheaper but you're literally at the mercy of the volatile Colorado weather this time of year.

There are various types of ambulance services, which would probably be the safest for him. Google "medical transport by ambulance" and check out the hits. They'll give you an idea of what's involved, including the costs which you can find out by contacting some of the companies for information. Be sure to ask what type of personnel would accompany him, what emergencies they could or couldn't handle.

If you want to go by air, google Angel Flights and check out those hits. I'm sure that would be much more expensive, but it would be incredibly quicker.

I think the issues would be not only time, cost, but whether or not he could tolerate land travel.

I can't speak intelligently about this issue, but I believe others can and might comment on the issue of changing insurance coverage of Medicaid to be qualified in Colorado. This would be a major issue, and I'm not sure when or how long this would need to be done, but presumably before any transfer.

You might also contact Gilda's Club locally and see if they have any suggestions.

It's quite admirable that you want to care for him, and I hope you find a solution to your plan.
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