Article Talk: No Insurance. No Cancer Treatment.

Started by Simo, February 04, 2017
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Simo

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Simo

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I'm still waiting for affordable health care. I lost mine in February 2017. I looked into affordable health care insurance, and at 500 a month I can't see that as being affordable. Luckily I completed chemo for reoccurring ovarian last month. Now, no coverage. It's either no rent,and no groceries to be able to afford health coverage with the affordable health care.
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annon123456

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Sme situation here. No state expansion of medicaid in this state. I was fired over cancer (breast on the other side and one of the indolent but non-curable non-hodgkin's lymphoma in the same year). I currently make below the poverty line. I had to choose between rent and health insurance. Chose health insurance and was homeless for 19 months until I got into hud housing. Just got a new dx of a peripheral neuropathy issue (not chemo related - rather a progressive disease) and spent the better part of last week fighting with the hospital about their poverty program and that excluding me because I have health insurance, even though I have food stamps and am in HUD housing violated the intent of the state law about indigent care since I could not afford nearly $1000 of deductible all at one time or even pay for it all in this year (there is another hospital that would accept insurance payment in full as enough, but the neurologist was having a hissy fit about having the test done there and there isn't much choice in neurologists in this town). Even with health insurance care is compromised if you are poor. Likely I will not have health insurance later this year as premiums went up to $1119.19/mo which is more than I make (don't make enough to qualify for a subsidy). Dump the pre-existing condition protection and I will no longer have any health care since I have individual health insurance and am not part of a group plan. I guess that is one way to cure the poverty problem in this country. Kill us off by denying us health care (sarcasm here). And the comments about people in the situation talked about here that we are just bums who refuse to get a job so "deserve" what befalls us, blah blah blah. Heck I even had a health care provider state that poor people don't deserve health care, that she is tired of people mooching off of people like her who work for a living. Like we chose to have cancer? Frankly in my less charitable moments I hope some of the people who claim to be christians and apparently have forgotten what the new testament says and then make these kinds of comments get some nice, nasty, expensive disease that ruins them financially. Then they might change their tune. Most of these people have had an empathy lobotomy and somehow think it is due to something they personally are responsible for doing that we have not (eg it is our fault) that they have no issues and we are stuck making hard choices due to how insurance and health care is structured in this country.
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TxGal

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February 05, 2017
The "no insurance, no treatment" has certainly not been my experience or my family's experience in the last 16 years. I, my sister and my brother have had rare cancers in the last 16 years. I had insurance and had a harder time finding a doctor that would treat me even with insurance than either my brother or my sister had without having insurance at all. They got treatment, surgery and extra care without any insurance whatsoever while I had to advocate and lobby and beg my insurance company for treatment. I have recently been diagnosed with severe late effects from chemo and radiation and again find myself having to advocate for myself to receive treatment even though I have insurance. The ACA did nothing whatsoever to help, in fact, the implementation of the ACA caused my insurance premiums to triple while my co-pay went up and coverage went down. Sorry if this does not fit with the picture many would like to believe, but this is how my experience has been with insurance and cancer compared to how my brother (in N.M.) and sister (in TX.) experiences were.
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