Is there financial aid for cataract surgery?

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I am 63 and do not yet qualify for Medicare.  I need cataract removal surgery.  Is there any assistance available?

Expert Answer

If you have low income and few assets other than the house you live in, your personal belongings, and your car, you might qualify for the Medicaid program in your state. If you qualify, Medicaid can pay almost the full amount not only for the cataract surgery but also for the glasses you will need after the surgery. The eligibility rules vary somewhat from state to state. To find out what the exact rules are in your state, and to learn where to apply, go online to any search engine and enter the word Medicaid and the name of your state. Or, you can call the Eldercare Locator toll-free at 800-677-1116; they will direct you to your local Medicaid office.