Many Thanks to the people who created Medicaid and Medicare Hospice
My parents were Depression Era kids - they scrimped and saved all Dad's working life, and with investments (excepting Enron) managed to save $800,000 on a middle class salary. My mother had a stroke 20 years ago. When Dad (Mom's only caregiver, at home) passed away from prostate cancer, Mom had to go to Assisted Living, and then, after she broke her ankle and was unable to rehab enough to do wheelchair transfers, into a nursing home. Since she had money, we had to "self-pay" at the nursing home - an amount which grew from $4,000 to $7,000 per month the more care Mom needed as she declined from her disability. When Mom finally ran out of money, we were able to get Medicaid coverage for her, which pays a good chunk of the nursing home fees (Dad's social security and pension all go to the nursing home too, except for $70/month that Mom gets to keep for herself. Now that she has terminal cancer, Medicare Hospice is taking care of her pain-relief needs, sending people 3 times a week to give her bed baths, sending a visiting chaplain once a month, and volunteers who read to her and bring their dogs to visit. Medicare Hospice has taken a big burden off my shoulders and has prevented the worst of my Caregiver Burnout (I've been seeing to Mom's needs for 10 years). Please, Congresspeople - don't cut Medicaid or Medicare! My mother will be dead soon enough from the cancer, please continue the coverage that is making her last days comfortable, if not happy.