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- Nov 17, 2009
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- Las Vegas, Nevada
Strange. I could have sworn this is why we were told the government had to take over health care. I thought only the "evil" insurance companies did this.
A woman battling a cancer battle was dealt a surprise blow by Uncle Sam this month.
Diana Smith has gone through six months of radiation and chemotherapy -- one week out of every month. She is in remission and had a donor for a transplant; being in remission is prerequisite for the transplant.
But her hopes of receiving the transplant were dashed in March, when she says, the Social Security Administration contacted her without her soliciting it -- and told her that her three year-old son was entitled to receive Social Security disability payments. Even though she didn't ask for it, she signed the form and received her son's first check check.
In April, Medicaid canceled her universal health care policy because her income level had risen with her son's payments making her ineligible for the insurance program.
The problem is Jackson Memorial Hospital cannot provide the procedure because the risk is too high. The universal policy from Medicaid helps shield the hospital from liability in this kind of case. Without it, they are subject to liability issues.
Even though Smith offered to cancel her son's disability benefits, she was told it's too late.
"She's gone through six months worth of radiation and chemo, her body can't take anymore. If they don't allow her to have this transplant coming up right now next week, they're in effect signing her death warrant," said her friend Tom Noonan.
Medicaid Drops Coverage For Mom With Cancer - cbs4.com