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Old 07-29-2019, 11:00 PM
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My sister has no insurance or money. Her 2nd disability appeal with an attorney is in the works as of June, that could take up to a year. She has no cartilage left on her left hip joint. It is so bad now that you can stand next to her and hear the bones grinding together and if you sit next to her you hear grinding as she is sitting. She walks with crutches which is now putting her right shoulder out of socket. We don't know what's wrong with her shoulder because we just been concentrating on the hip. Disability doctors did take X-rays of right shoulder, right knee, and left hip but did not give her any information on what was wrong. The emergency room at Southern Regional has done two x-rays on the hip. She is almost bedridden just because it's so exhausting to walk around on crutches to keep any weight off the left hip and now her shoulder keeps going out of socket. It hurts for her to sit in most positions so therefore she's almost bedridden because that's the only comfortable position for her to be in. She lost her house in May because she has not been able to work since last June. She has been told if she goes to Grady they won't let her walk out if she can't walk out, that they would operate on her and fix her. Does anyone know if this is true? Just the process of going to Grady and her having to sit for that long it's something that I'm not even sure she could do. But she might be willing to try it if she knows there's any hope. Otherwise she just has to wait eight or nine more months for disability to be approved. She has worked and our whole family has worked all our lives and paid into the system and she feels like they let her down and rightfully so. She is such a trooper with everything she has gone through and the pain that she is enduring. I tell her all the time that I would not be able to go through what she's going through. But she is wondering how she's going to endure it for another eight or nine months. As her sister it is so hard for me to watch her be in so much pain and there's not anything I can do to make her feel better. Does anyone have any thoughts?
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 AM
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I would look into getting her on Medicaid or Obamacare.
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Old Yesterday, 06:36 AM
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I'm sorry that your sister is having so much pain and difficulty. I would suggest starting by getting connected with Mercy Care for some good primary care and a medical home. https://www.mercyatlanta.org/SERVICES

The doctors at Mercy Care can refer her to the right specialist at Grady and their social workers might be able to help her sort through the disability process.
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Old Yesterday, 12:32 PM
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My sister has been turned down for Medicaid just like disability. She has no money to add in to Obamacare and was turned down 2 yrs in a row for that, Obamacare isn't free like some people think. I will check onto Mercy care. Thank you
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Old Today, 03:25 AM
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It is an over exaggeration to say that Grady will automatically operate and won't let your sister walk out the door. Grady is a Level 1 Trauma center but overall it still follows the same rules as other hospitals as it comes to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

EMTALA Fact Sheet

It makes a difference if your sister live in Fulton or Dekalb because Grady offers financial assistance - you should call them to discuss your options in advance of making any trips

Grady Financial Assistance Program

We recognize not everyone has the resources they need to obtain medical care. For that reason, we are happy to offer Financial Assistance to those in need. If you have received Grady services and find it would be a hardship to cover them financially, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance.

If you live in Fulton or DeKalb County, we offer a Financial Assistance Program. To determine if you are eligible, please call (404) 616-1000 to schedule an appointment with a Financial Counselor. Your information will be evaluated for financial assistance.

If you do not live in Fulton or DeKalb County, and you come to a Grady facility for non-emergency or non-specialty outpatient medical care, you will be required to pay in full for your medical services before you will be seen by a healthcare provider. We encourage all uninsured patients to complete the financial assistance process so you can receive the appropriate discount for services. Those who do not go through financial assistance will be asked to pay the full cost of their care.
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