Share of Cost, More on Medically Needy Program How it Works

Friday, Oct. 19th 2018 6:07 AM

You do not need to show that you actually paid the medical expenses to meet your spend-down. You just have to show proof that you incurred the expenses. States vary in what kind of expenses are allowed, but all states give credit for Medicare and other health insurance premiums.

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Share of Cost, About the Xiphoid Process

Wednesday, Oct. 17th 2018 6:40 AM
  • Pain in the xiphoid process is described as tightness in the lower sternum (breastbone).
  • Medically speaking, this pain is called xiphoid syndrome or xiphodynia.
  • The xiphoid process can typically heal itself of minor damage with little intervention.

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Share of Cost, What is Xiphoid Process

Monday, Oct. 15th 2018 6:00 AM

The xiphoid process is a small extension of bone just below the sternum. Discomfort in the xiphoid process can be painful as it can affect the lower ribcage, breastbone, and several major muscles located around the abdomen and diaphragm.

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Share of Cost, How Medically Needy Programs Work

Saturday, Oct. 13th 2018 11:00 AM

If you live in a state with a medically needy program, then you can use medical expenses you incur to reduce, or “spend down,” your income to qualify for Medicaid. States establish a spend-down period, during which they look at your income and expenses to see whether you qualify for coverage. You must re-qualify for Medicaid after each spend-down period. Spend-down periods range from one to six months.

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Share of Cost, Fear of Being Touched

Thursday, Oct. 11th 2018 6:00 AM

Haphephobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of being touched. Other names for haphephobia include chiraptophobia, aphenphosmphobia, and thixophobia. Being touched by strangers or without consent can make many people uncomfortable. However, if the fear is intense, appears even when touched by family or friends, and if it causes significant distress, it may be haphephobia.

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Share of Cost, Migraine Headaches

Tuesday, Oct. 9th 2018 3:09 PM

Migraines can run in families and are diagnosed using certain criteria.

• At least five previous episodes of headaches
• Lasting between 4–72 hours
• At least two out of these four: one-sided pain, throbbing pain, moderate-to-severe pain, and pain that interferes with, is worsened by, or prohibits routine activity • At least one associated feature: nausea and/or vomiting, or, if those are not present, then sensitivity to light and sound

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Share of Cost, Rebound Headaches

Sunday, Oct. 7th 2018 2:50 PM

Overuse of painkillers for headaches can, ironically, lead to rebound headaches.  Culprits include over-the-counter medications like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), as well as prescription drugs.


One theory is that too much medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches. Another is that rebound headaches are a symptom of withdrawal as the level of medicine drops in the bloodstream.

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Share of Cost, Sinus Headaches

Friday, Oct. 5th 2018 2:46 PM

When a sinus becomes inflamed, often due to an infection, it can cause pain. It usually comes with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus viewed through a fiber-optic scope.


Headaches due to sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants

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Share of Cost, Cluster Headaches

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd 2018 6:27 AM

Cluster headaches, which affect more men than women, are recurring headaches that occur in groups or cycles. They appear suddenly and are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face.

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Share of Cost, Tension Headaches

Monday, Oct. 1st 2018 5:00 AM

Tension headaches, the most common type, feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Not as severe as migraines, they don’t usually cause nausea or vomiting, and they rarely halt daily activities.


Over-the-counter treatments, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, are usually sufficient to treat them. Experts believe these may be caused by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles, and possibly changes in brain chemicals.

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Share of Cost, Which States Have Medically Needy Programs?

Saturday, Sep. 29th 2018 7:15 AM

The states and territories that have medically needy programs are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Share of Cost, Why you feel tired all the time

Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 9:00 AM

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”. At any given time, one in five people feels unusually tired, and one in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Women tend to feel tired more often than men.

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Share of Cost, Medically Needy Programs

Tuesday, Sep. 25th 2018 2:09 PM

Categories of Individuals Eligible for Medically Needy Programs

States that choose to have medically needy programs may decide not to offer the medically needy option to all categories of Medicaid-eligible people. For example, a state might chose to offer the medically needy program to elderly but not disabled people. However, states that offer any medically needy programs must offer them to most children and pregnant women.

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Share of Cost, What Does “Share of Cost” Mean?

Sunday, Sep. 23rd 2018 1:55 PM

“Share of Cost” is the amount you agree to pay for health care before Medi-Cal starts to pay. This is called “meeting your share of cost.” Your Share of Cost is a set amount based on how much money you make. You only need to meet your

Share of Cost in the months that you get health care services. After you meet your share of cost, Medi-Cal pays for your care the rest of that month.

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Share of Cost,These brain cells could explain your anxiety

Friday, Sep. 21st 2018 6:00 AM

Anxiety is common, but how it affects the brain is, as yet, poorly understood. New research has revealed “anxiety cells,” which provides a fresh direction for research into new treatments.

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Share of Cost, Share of Cost Issues

Wednesday, Sep. 19th 2018 12:44 PM

Question: What can I do if I have a problem with my share of cost?

Reply: You can complain if you think that you have a problem with your share of cost:

• You should be getting free Medi-Cal, or
• Your Share of Cost is too high, or
• The county is not allowing you to use one of your bills to meet your Share of Cost.

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