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We're going to be moving from Southern California back up to the Portland/Vancouver area to be closer to family/support. Down here it's just the 3 of us, and I can't do it myself any longer (I have health issues myself) and, I miss my kids and grandkids.

Mom of course will have medicare and her secondary insurance, my husband and I are using the ACA for our insurance. We heard that's it's difficult in Oregon to find primary care doctors who accept medicare, and I heard that the Washington ACA site was a mess (although being worked on).

We plan on putting our house down here up for sale in the month or so, and it should sell pretty quickly, and anticipate being up in the northwest by years end if all goes well - but insurance issues will determine WHERE we look. Your input will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Eve

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ACA is not Medicaid, unless your income is at the level that qualifies for Medicaid. Ours doesn't go down to that level, but we do get tax subsidies to help with the payments, and we both have pre-existing conditions that would have disqualified us otherwise.

My husband and I don't own the home we live in, my Mom does, so even if there were Medicaid benefits to be repaid, we wouldn't have anything to declare.

I am looking for people who live in Washington or Oregon with experience finding doctors in those states. How hard was it? I live in CA now, will need to get new insurance once we're up there, but obviously while I'm here can't go to the hospital and ask who the good docs are. We're trying to find out, before we pick which state we're going to live in, how hard it is to get doctors. I don't want to move to Oregon if doctors there aren't accepting Medicare patients and my mother can't get care or can only get private pay, because that could get very expensive. Thanks for your help!
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Get the list of MDs who will accept your new insurance and then you can try what I did. I took the list of docs in my parents' PPO and took it to the general nursing floor of our local hospital. I went to the nurses' station and asked them to tell me who the good docs for seniors were. At first one nurse was afraid to say anything, but then others came over and gave me the skinny on who was good. I got my parents a great geriatrician that way. It may not work, but it's worth a try. You can also look at healthgradesdotcom to check doctors' ratings. Good luck!!
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FIRST you find out if your health insurance company will work in the new state. Often it will not, and you have to change to another provider. SECOND you get a list of MD's who will accept the new insurance.
More and more doctors and dentists are opting out of Medicaid (ACA), but not necessarily Medicare. A premium supplemental policy is always a good idea.
Note: if you are already on Medicaid (ACA) benefits, you may not be able to sell your house without paying Medicaid back for benefits received.
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