My boyfriend is deaf and it would be nice to have an interpreter at my doctors appointments and at the birth. I called medicaid today to see what it would take to be able to get an interpreter and the woman on the phone say's "He doesn't have to be there with you."
WHAT!!! I know that and he knows that but he wants to be with me and I want him there. It is his child and he has every right to be at my doctors appointments and at our baby's birth.
Medicaid won't pay for an interpreter because i'm not deaf and because my boyfriend doesn't have to be there with me. What am I supposed to do when I deliver and if there are complications and I am unable to interpret for my boyfriend?
wow thats crazy! with your bf being dea is there anyone in his family that could translate for him, some one close to you guys? Or maybe call around and try and find a translator locally that wont over charge ou since medicaid wont cover it.
I understand it must be frustrating for you and I'm sorry you are having to deal with this stress at an already stressful time, but seriously, it's Medicaid - do you really think they are going to pay for something that they don't absolutely have to? Of course not!
What you need to do, is find a friend or family member that you will be comfortable with having in the delivery room there to interpret when necessary. I can't imagine that there isn't someone between the 2 of you that would be willing to be there for you both in this situation.
I wish we did have someone. My bf isn't close to his family and they don't live very close. I don't have many friends close by that know ASL so that doesn't help me either. That's why I called to see if Medicaid could provide an interpreter. It's just frustrating.
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