Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00

My 84 Year Old Mother's Medicare HMO Won't Cover Comprehensive Home Health Care After Her Major Heart Surgery

Written by  Joel Segal

Joel Segal's Real World Comment On:  “The Long Term/Home Care Crisis In America: Why We Need Expanded And Improved Medicare For All, HR 676, And One Unified Populist Movement To Pass the Bill”

*(Authors Note: In my last article, I did not clarify that my Congressional Insurance Plan Co-Pays Are $800 Per Month For The Next 6 Months; not $800 per year. :)   

Today, my 84 year old wonderful mother was released from the Tamarac Rehabilitation Center in Sunrise, Florida after undergoing double bi-pass heart surgery. She is lucky to be alive: 99% of her arteries were blocked.

But, what is both shocking and immoral, is that her Medicare HMO will only cover two nursing visits per week, even though she needs emergency assistance every day, right now, with walking, cooking, bathing, eating and cleaning. I am very blessed and fortunate to be able to take of my mother for a few weeks, because I have a job that allows me to work at her home for a period of time via computer.

So the following question must then be asked: What would happen if I was not able to take care of my 84 year old mother after her surgery? How would she be able to walk, bathe, or eat? Why does my Mother’s Medicare HMO plan only cover two daily nurse visits per week, knowing that my mother is 84, and just had major heart surgery? Seems a little unfair, if not a human rights violation, which is what corporate health care is---a human rights violation against America.  

Any civilized nation should have a health care system where there is quality, affordable, and accessible home health care services for all of our nation’s seniors. If we had a national health insurance program, as proposed in Rep. Conyer’s HR 676, we would be able to save approximately $350 billion dollars per year, and use a portion of this savings to invest in the training and hiring of more nurses, who could provide much needed home health care services for our nation’s senior citizens. Just think about how many struggling unemployed men and women could be hired to take care of our senior citizens and the disabled in their own homes?

We can transition to a “caring society,” and pass legislation like HR 676, only if progressive communities in America unite under one diverse, multi-issue, and multi-racial umbrella network, and cooperate with one another--- so we can truly fight for the people. We must examine how we can obtain real on the ground electoral and political power, so that we can create a more caring and loving society in America; one  that cares more about people than profits and consumption.


Joel Segal is the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer for Rep. John Conyers, co-author of HR 676, and a Board member of “People Demanding Action,” a new network of citizens across the country working for jobs, peace, and justice.

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