My father was diagnosed with ESRD and Congestive Heart Failure back in May, he currently has Original Medicare, part A and part B, he is enrolled in a prescription drug plan, and also receives extra care to help pay for prescriptions premiums, deductibles and I believe some of the copays for prescriptions. He is also receiving SSDI benefits and SLMB Medicaid which pays Medicare part B premiums. He was originally receiving FULL Medicaid benefits but had it terminated as of November 1st. We have been given different reasons as to why his full Medicaid was terminated but never a straight answer. His monthly SSDI check is $1222 and the income limit here in NM is $1387 I believe for Medicaid. He has no assets. The SSDI benefit is the ONLY income he receives monthly. How does he apply for and what are the qualifications for Dual eligibility? Does anyone know? Is he exempt because of the fact that he receives SSDI? If he meets income limit for FULL Medicaid here in NM why is he only receiving SLMB, which only covers Medicare part B premium? He cannot afford the 20% that Medicare does not cover, as well as dentist visits, eye exams, transportation to and from dialysis... I was recently his caregiver until Medicaid stopped and now that Medicare does not cover that we aren’t sure what to do. Does ANYONE have any helpful information? I have spent numerous amounts of hours on the phone, and in person, with Medicaid office, SSI office, income support, so many places and no one has helped us or given us any info. They only state that he is not eligible for full Medicaid. No reason given. I do not understand why, if he is below income limit for full Medicaid! NM does not have a spend down program so that is out of the question. I am extremely grateful that he even has these benefits now to help cover a lot of his medical expenses but it is confusing and frustrating that he “does not qualify” for full Medicaid that helped him pay for a lot of things Medicare won’t. He is only 43, I am only 21! We have delt with so much I hope someone can help or provide some more info as to what we can do. I am desperate at this point. I am not working because I am scared and fear him being left home alone because of the state he is in. I have given up so much to take care of him and I will continue to do so for as long as I possibly can but I just wish there was more that we could do. Why is it that people who should not be receiving Medicaid or assistance because they simply do not need it and are abusing the system are fully covered for insurance but my father who depends on these things does not qualify for help he should. Why do the people who really need it have to suffer! Ugh. Any advise would be gratefully appreciated..... thank you.