My mom is at the very end-stage of Alzheimer's and I had to get her in the Emergency Room several times. Even with mom being unable to walk due to urinary tract infections, Medicare has refused to pay for her 911 EMS rides to the Emergency Room. The ER doctor even wrote as part of her medical diagnosis as threat to life. I appealed this -- several times-- to both Medicare AND her Tricare-for-Life and both are still refusing to pay for it. Is this some kind of death panel they don't want mom treated and just let her die??
Although I am power of attorney (POA), when mom eventually dies I refuse to pay thousands in ambulance services which Medicare and Tri-care are refusing to pay. Can the Ambulance services turn on me for payment? Do I have to pay for her unpaid medical bills when she dies? You are talking about several thousands of dollars when it is nearly $700 for a single ride to the Emergency Room.
What does Medicare and Tri-care expect from me??? Do they just want me to not get mom treated and let her die? I told them both when mom gets a UTI she is so profoundly sick she can't walk to the car, and I cannot lift her up and carry her out to the car. Medicare and Tri-care For Life don't care and just give me the run-around. Tricare even said I filed too many appeals and it was costly administrative time. Then I get a letter from them saying I have to refile the appeal. Seriously! I must have sent them at least ten letters. They are so messed up it is beyond description.
I only pray I do not live as long as mom since Medicare does not like paying for ambulance services. I think they just want a person to die. A friend told me I will not be responsible for her medical bills after mom dies even with me being POA since they are her bills -- just fax them her death certificate. I am wondering if that's true or if someone had something similar.