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Hi all,

Does anyone have any advice on health care for my mum when we bring her over on an IR5. She will be 64 so will it be tough to find her a private plan? (she is very healthy) Neither my husband or my insurance (thru our employers) allows parents to be added. Is she entitled to anything while she is a resident before she becomes a citizen due to her age? If so will they come back to me as her sponsor and how does that work - would they send me a bill?

Any one with similar experience?

Thanks

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Hi all,

Does anyone have any advice on health care for my mum when we bring her over on an IR5. She will be 64 so will it be tough to find her a private plan? (she is very healthy) Neither my husband or my insurance (thru our employers) allows parents to be added. Is she entitled to anything while she is a resident before she becomes a citizen due to her age? If so will they come back to me as her sponsor and how does that work - would they send me a bill?

Any one with similar experience?

Thanks

Your mother will not qualify for Social Security or Medicare since she never paid into them.

As an LPR, she cannot receive any means tested benefits for 5 years. This means she cannot receive Medicaid (may be called something else in your state).

Her age does not entitle her to anything.

If your mother receives any of the prohibited means tested benefits, you will be responsible for it. The government could send you a bill or sue you for the benefits your mother receives.

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Take a look at these links. Copy and past if needed. We have started the process for my wifes parents also. We have talked about health care and I found this so far or we also thought maybe her father could get a job at Wal-Mart and get health care for both of them. So many retired people at Wal-Mart.

www.visitorscoverage.com/immigrants/health-insurance-for-green-card-holders/

www.visitorscoverage.com/green-card-health-insurance/plans/

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Take a look at these links. Copy and past if needed. We have started the process for my wifes parents also. We have talked about health care and I found this so far or we also thought maybe her father could get a job at Wal-Mart and get health care for both of them. So many retired people at Wal-Mart.

www.visitorscoverage.com/immigrants/health-insurance-for-green-card-holders/

www.visitorscoverage.com/green-card-health-insurance/plans/

Expensive, limited cover.

The job option looks best.

Hi all,

Does anyone have any advice on health care for my mum when we bring her over on an IR5. She will be 64 so will it be tough to find her a private plan? (she is very healthy) Neither my husband or my insurance (thru our employers) allows parents to be added. Is she entitled to anything while she is a resident before she becomes a citizen due to her age? If so will they come back to me as her sponsor and how does that work - would they send me a bill?

Any one with similar experience?

Thanks

She would have to buy in after 5 years. Is she independently wealthy?


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Take a look at these links. Copy and past if needed. We have started the process for my wifes parents also. We have talked about health care and I found this so far or we also thought maybe her father could get a job at Wal-Mart and get health care for both of them. So many retired people at Wal-Mart.

www.visitorscoverage.com/immigrants/health-insurance-for-green-card-holders/

www.visitorscoverage.com/green-card-health-insurance/plans/

Most retired people who work at Wal-Mart are not getting benefits through their job. Most are getting Social Security and Medicare. Most states don't require Wal-Mart or any other employer to provide benefits like health insurance unless the employee is working 40 hours per week. Wal-Mart, and many other minimum wage employers, are scrupulously careful NOT to let any employee work 40 hours or more per week, specifically so that they can avoid having to provide any benefits. If you're thinking of sending pop to work in order to get health insurance then you might want to look into some grocery stores. Many are union shops and provide health insurance, and the employee's share of the premiums are reasonable.

Once they've been in the US for five years then they can get Medicare if they pay full premiums. It's not cheap, but it's a lot cheaper than most private health insurance plans. If they get sick in the meantime and need routine care then be prepared to pay out of pocket. An office visit to see a doctor can run $150 or more. Some prescriptions can also be very expensive.

If they have a medical emergency then any hospital will treat them, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay. This is required by federal law. Nobody with a genuine medical emergency is ever supposed to be turned away from a hospital emergency room. Depending on the state or county, the hospital will either get reimbursed by the government or they'll pass the additional costs on to patients who have insurance. If the government picks up the tab then they can go after the sponsor for reimbursement.


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If they have a medical emergency then any hospital will treat them, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay. This is required by federal law. Nobody with a genuine medical emergency is ever supposed to be turned away from a hospital emergency room. Depending on the state or county, the hospital will either get reimbursed by the government or they'll pass the additional costs on to patients who have insurance. If the government picks up the tab then they can go after the sponsor for reimbursement.

If LPR mom receives emergency care, she will qualify for Emergency Medicare. The 5 years prohibition on benefits dies not apply to Rmergency Medicare.

Emergency Medicare is not a means tested benefit. If an LPR receives Emergency Medicare, the government cannot seek reimbursement from the I-864 sponsor.

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If LPR mom receives emergency care, she will qualify for Emergency Medicare. The 5 years prohibition on benefits dies not apply to Rmergency Medicare.

Emergency Medicare is not a means tested benefit. If an LPR receives Emergency Medicare, the government cannot seek reimbursement from the I-864 sponsor.

Thanks everyone, I think we would probably pay out of pocket for Doctor's visits and basic prescriptions. Very interesting about the Emergency Medicare, where could I find more information about that Aaron? I think we could do that for 5 years and then she could sign up for the medicare even if it is full price.

She is quite healthy and she will still visit UK a couple times a year so perhaps she could stock up on any prescriptions then.

Also, someone said the government could 'come after me' for reimbursement - how do they come after someone?

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You can read in the USCIS web site about emergency medicare.

What publicly funded benefits may not be considered for public charge purposes?

Medicaid and other health insurance and health services (including public assistance for immunizations and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases; use of health clinics, short-term rehabilitation services, and emergency medical services) other than support for long-term institutional care

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=829b0a5659083210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=829b0a5659083210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

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Emergency means emergency. I have a feeling you misunderstand.


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Thanks everyone, I think we would probably pay out of pocket for Doctor's visits and basic prescriptions. Very interesting about the Emergency Medicaid, where could I find more information about that Aaron? Google "Emergency Medicaid I-864 means tested benefits" and you will find a bunch of articles. I think we could do that for 5 years and then she could sign up for the medicare even if it is full price. You do understand that Emergency Medicaid is for emergencies right? It is not used for routine medical needs. Your mom must be suffering a serious life threatening event that requires emergency care in order to receive Emergency Medicaid.

She is quite healthy and she will still visit UK a couple times a year so perhaps she could stock up on any prescriptions then.

Also, someone said the government could 'come after me' for reimbursement - how do they come after someone? First, the government will send you a bill. If you don't pay it, then the government can sue you to enforce the I-864 contract that you signed.

Thanks

It's Emergency Medicaid. I made a mistake in my previous post by calling it something else. It is Emergency Medicaid.

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Emergency means emergency. I have a feeling you misunderstand.

I agree. You can't just use that for 5 years. Also, you will need to check if it is means-tested in your state. Just because a benefit cannot be used to determine a public charge, and just because an LPR is eligible for a benefit, does not necessarily mean it isn't means-tested. So you could still be asked to repay it.

It may not matter. She may not be granted a visa in the first place if you cannot show that she will have (non-government) healthcare here, ie private insurance, given her age. If she is healthy you may be able to get her a private plan despite her age but it may not come cheap.


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It may not matter. She may not be granted a visa in the first place if you cannot show that she will have (non-government) healthcare here, ie private insurance, given her age. If she is healthy you may be able to get her a private plan despite her age but it may not come cheap.

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A lot (not all) older beneficiaries get asked at interview to show proof of health insurance for when they move, especially if they are past retirement age.


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I agree. You can't just use that for 5 years. Also, you will need to check if it is means-tested in your state. Just because a benefit cannot be used to determine a public charge, and just because an LPR is eligible for a benefit, does not necessarily mean it isn't means-tested. So you could still be asked to repay it.

Aaron is correct that emergency Medicaid is not considered to be a means-tested public benefit by the federal government. Regular Medicaid, on the other hand, IS considered a means-tested public benefit. The federal government's position is that both sponsor deeming and sponsor liability apply to regular Medicaid, but not to emergency Medicaid. Sponsor deeming means that the government is supposed to consider the sponsor's income and assets to be available to the immigrant, and should be included in determining the immigrant's eligibility for the benefit. Sponsor liability means that the sponsor can be asked to reimburse the government if the immigrant collects the benefits while the affidavit of support is in force.

However, Medicaid is jointly funded by both the federal and state governments. Because of this, the federal government doesn't dictate to the states every aspect of how the programs should be managed. Some states don't apply sponsor deeming or sponsor liability to any form of Medicaid. Some have public policies that apply sponsor deeming and sponsor liability only to regular Medicaid and not to emergency Medicaid. Some apply sponsor deeming and sponsor liability only when Medicaid is used for long term institutionalized care. Some don't have a stated public policy about this at all.

The whole thing may be moot. There is at least one immigrant advocacy group that claims that no state has ever sought reimbursement from a sponsor for an immigrant who used Medicaid.

It may not matter. She may not be granted a visa in the first place if you cannot show that she will have (non-government) healthcare here, ie private insurance, given her age. If she is healthy you may be able to get her a private plan despite her age but it may not come cheap.

Yes, this is one of three cases where the discretionary public charge determination comes into play. A consular officer can deny a visa if they believe that an alien might become a public charge in the US. USCIS can deny adjustment of status if they believe the intending immigrant might become a public charge. The third case, and the one that LPR's who used public benefits should be concerned with, is that a CBP officer can deny admission if they believe an LPR has been or will become a public charge. While an LPR would generally not be deported if they became a public charge, they could be taking a risk if they leave the US and try to reenter.


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Emergency means emergency. I have a feeling you misunderstand.

Sorry I did not make myself clear, what I meant was for 5 years we would pay for her prescriptions and doctors visit and use the emergency cover if needed. Everything else we would pay for. I understand what emergency means. After the 5 years she would qualify for Medicare when she became a citizen.

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I agree. You can't just use that for 5 years. Also, you will need to check if it is means-tested in your state. Just because a benefit cannot be used to determine a public charge, and just because an LPR is eligible for a benefit, does not necessarily mean it isn't means-tested. So you could still be asked to repay it.

It may not matter. She may not be granted a visa in the first place if you cannot show that she will have (non-government) healthcare here, ie private insurance, given her age. If she is healthy you may be able to get her a private plan despite her age but it may not come cheap.

If the emergency coverage is means tested then we would have to pay some I'm sure as both my husband and I have good jobs (how silly of us!).

How can she prove she has health insurance at the interview if she is not yet an LPR? Can a non LPR get insurance? If all else fails we will get her a private plan as discussed.

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