87-Year-Old Brooklyn Woman Declared Dead, Much to Her Surprise

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

87-Year-Old Brooklyn Woman Mistakenly Declared Dead Gets Benefits Back.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn woman who said she lost all her health benefits because she was declared dead has gotten her benefits back, CBS2 has learned. Selma Cohen, 87, a thyroid cancer survivor and widow, told WABC-TV that she takes 14 different medications daily and has already had to cancel one doctor’s appointment because of her Medicaid cancellation.An 87-year-old Brooklyn woman found that out when she got a letter from the city’s Bureau of Fraud Investigation saying her Medicaid has been cut off — because she is dead.

If other government services believe them, dead people don’t need to do things like visit doctors or eat, so her income, food stamps, and health insurance would stop. A rep for City Hall said Saturday night that officials are reviewing Selma’s case. “And if there is an error we will take steps to correct,” a spokeswoman wrote in an email. But without coverage, Cohen cannot pay for doctors’ visits and medication for her cancer treatment. “So I probably won’t get my check this week.

I don’t know if they stopped already my food stamps,” Cohen said. “They’re not going to give me food stamps if I’m dead.” The city said it is looking into Cohen’s case.

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