Alabama Medicare and Medicaid Attorney

Medicare and Medicaid are health programs that serve different “classes” of people. Medicare is a health insurance program that primarily serves individuals 65 and older, as well as younger individuals with disabilities. Almost 50 million people are served by Medicare. Medicaid is a joint federal and state healthcare program that serves individuals in lower economic groups, as well as children, disabled persons and pregnant women. If you have applied for these programs and have been denied coverage, it is advisable to consult an experienced Medicare and Medicaid attorney. Wettermark & Keith is an Alabama law firm that represents clients who are applying for these programs. A free consultation is available to discuss your needs.

Medicare

How is Medicare financed? By payroll taxes and Social Security monthly check deductions. There are four parts to Medicare:

  1. Hospital insurance, part A, which helps to pay for inpatient care in hospitals, nursing facilities and home health care and hospice care
  2. Medical insurance, part B, may pay for physicians and medical services that are not covered by your hospital insurance
  3. Medicare advantage, part C, is applicable to persons with parts A and B of Medicare. These individuals can select providers listed part C
  4. Prescription drug coverage, which goes toward prescribed medication

Medicaid

About 60 million people are Medicaid recipients and children account for about 50% of the enrolled participants. Other recipients include the elderly, pregnant women and disabled individuals. The individual states run Medicaid, and like SSI, are available to individuals who are need-based and who have low or marginal incomes and little or no resources. The individual states create their own rules pertaining to eligibility and covered items. It is not uncommon for some people to be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Contact an Alabama Medicare and Medicaid Attorney for a Free Case Consultation

If you are applying for Medicare or Medicaid it is wise to obtain legal representation from a qualified and experienced attorney. It is a statistical fact that applicants who are represented by skilled legal counsel have a higher success rate. At the Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith, their attorneys have represented more than 2,000 Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid applicants during the past years. They have a proven track record and do not charge any legal fees unless your case is won. A free case review can be scheduled by calling Wettermark & Keith at (205) 933-9500.

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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