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My mother's extra help was just discontinued based on the SS monthly increase. Her prescriptions went from $40 to $580 monthly. I'm trying to find ways of compensating for the increase. I take her to her doctors' appointments, hospital, lunch and out weekly. Thanks

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Zoo, yikes I didn't know that... neither I nor my sig other had seen any increase in costs for our meds. Maybe when it comes time when the prescriptions expire and a new one is written, we will see the jump.
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Her Rx costs may have increased due to two factors; pharmaceutical manufacturers are raising both their prices in massive jumps that we've never seen before; many co-pay schedules were revised as of January 2015 and medications that were previously covered at a small co-pay, are now no longer covered ("outside the formulary") or are covered with much larger co-pays. My mom's out of pocket went from around $500 a year to what we expect this year to be over $5000. Whopping increases across the board on just about every medication she takes. Even the generics have jumped incredibly.
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croucherman1, majority of grown children do not get paid for caring for their elderly parent, unless the parent is financially able to pay from their own pocket. If a parent can afford to pay you, the parent might as well hire a certified trained caregiver… thus allowing you to keep or look for a full-time job.

If your parent qualifies for Medicaid, the State might allow a trained Caregiver from an Agency to come in to help a couple hours a day. It is hard to find a State that has a program to pay a grown child to care for a parent. Plus there is a question if the State will pay a relative if he/she already lives full-time with the parent.

Also, check with your local Council on Aging to see what programs they offer, such as an Aide coming to the house. https://www.agingcare.com/local/Area-Agency-on-Aging

Curious why your Mom's prescriptions went from $40 to $580 monthly? Sounds like she no longer has Rx insurance, and is now paying out of pocket for her meds. Check to see that she in fact has Rx insurance, if not, get her onto a program immediately, the monthly premiums aren't that expensive in comparison to paying out of pocket.
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Type "getting paid" in the search box on the top right. You'll find a lot of resources.
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