Family Claims Medicaid Wont Pay for Brother's Care Anymore

Family Claims Medicaid Wont Pay for Brother's Care Anymore

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Samuel Delgado Jr. was involved in a motorcycle accident back on October 26th, 2014. He was rushed to Midland Memorial Hospital but moved to Midland Memorial West campus after 21 days.

He had to move locations because his Medicaid was running out. A problem the Delgado family has been struggling with.

"We didn't know how Medicaid worked at the time. No one would fill us in and give us information. My Mother showed up that morning and they are already packing him up and moving him and nobody was notified," Delgado said.

Delgado was already on medicaid because he has multiple sclerosis. The family says because the insurance was running out he didn't get the proper care he deserved after the accident.

"We just want to know that my Brother is being taken care of. Don't mistreat him because he's on Medicaid," Sister, Michelle Recio said.

With Delgado on Medicaid, a local insurance agent says there are facilities that he can be moved to once leaving the hospital."They need to ask a doctor if he needs to go to a nursing home or assisted living or adult aid care service. They need to ask basically, which kind of care does he need from here. Nationwide Insurance Agent, Lisa Copeland said.

The family says he is being moved to a nursing home on Wednesday in Midland. But the facility isn't able to care for him with the tracheotomy tube in his neck. The family says a longer stay in the hospital is what their Brother needs.

"We went ahead and removed the trach just to keep him here in Midland. He isn't ready, but when you're being thrown out the door because there are no options. We didn't know what to do," Rico said.

Medicaid won't be taken away once Delgado leaves the hospital,"This is called a long term care which is a service his Medicaid will provide," Copeland said.

When Delgado is moved, he will be off the needed medical equipment. The family doesn't know what will happen to him.

"We are having to come up with ways if Medicaid stops paying. It will be coming out of the families pocket. We're trying to do everything possible to think ahead whether it's going to be a funeral or medical bills.

The family is planning to hold a benefit on February 28th, 2015 from noon until 5pm at Corky's Bar and Grill in Odessa. They are hoping to raise money for future expenses. They ask the community to come and help.