After the psychological reaction to a diagnosis of cancer or other serious illness often comes the pragmatic question: how much will it cost?
To help answer that question as it relates to Medicaid and Medicare, a free Interactive Television presentation has been scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. The public is encouraged to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Midwest Cancer Alliance, in the St. Dominic Room.
St. Rose is a member of the MCA.
Karen Weber, an elder law attorney, will share her insights and address the facts about Medicaid and Medicare, said Cathy Pendleton, director of adult programs for Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing. Turning Point collaborates with MCA.
“This program is designed for people living with cancer or other chronic physical illness,” Pendleton said. “It is for their family, friends and other supporters too.
“Karen will address the ins and outs of Medicaid and Medicare coverage,” Pendleton continued. “She will discuss who is eligible for both, and when they typically cover costs of assisted living, skilled nursing care and other services.”
In addition, Weber will cover the basics of the Medicare “donut hole” for prescription coverage, Medicaid “spend down” strategies and long-term care insurance.
“Karen is a popular, interactive and extremely knowledgeable facilitator at Turning Point,” Pendleton commented. “She will be open to questions from the audience during this program that is valuable for anyone whose life is touched by cancer or other illness.”
Weber specializes in elder law and special-needs planning, with an emphasis on estate and Medicaid planning for nursing home care. She is a frequent speaker at professional and community events, and is co-founder and past president of the Kansas Chapter of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc.
This presentation is one in a series of ITV opportunities at St. Rose.