Links updated Sept. 11, 2012
Rena Lull knew the New York Times was working on a story about the finances of Medicaid. She’d agreed to be interviewed and for a photographer to come take pictures of her with her mom, also named Rena and also a retired teacher, at the Otsego Manor nursing home. That was a few weeks ago.
She didn’t know it would be on the front page yesterday. The article’s author left a phone message for Lull saying that former President Bill Clinton’s speech moved the time frame up, and she apologized that some details of Lull’s story were removed.
“It’s very exciting to be on the front page,” said Lull, who is retired after teaching primary grades in Cooperstown for over three decades. Lull said she is glad that Medicaid funding is getting some attention and it is true that her mother’s savings were depleted, but not quite the way the Times reported. “After two years at the Otsego Manor is when she ran out of money,” Lull said.
Most important to Lull is the news that the Otsego Manor, where her mother lives, has been put up for sale.
Lull, who is single with no children, has more questions for politicians trying to change Medicaid.
“What is going to happen to me if I need to be taken care of? Will someone take all of my savings to pay for my care? Who’s going to look out for me?” she asked.