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I just found out about this site. Some of us are lucky enough to be insured. According to a recent U.S. Census report, more than 50 million or 16.7 percentof our fellow residents are not. They might not be able to afford insurance, but hey, they can always buy the wristband, for $3.99. How can we call ourselves a civilized country and not have public health care for all?

6 comments:

Kristy Richardson said...

Thank you for taking the time to share this with all of your readers. I have been living, uninsured, with kidney cancer for 3 years now. I've had no surgery or treatment - and am beyond frustrated.

Because of my age (37 at diagnosis) and having no minor children in the home - I don't qualify for Medicaid. I was told by a caseworker to either get pregnant, divorce my husband and/or apply for disability. I chose the latter.

Disability denied my application because I don't have a pathology report to prove distant spread. My only hope of qualifying for Medicaid was to have my disability application approved.

To say I have slipped through the cracks is an understatement. My primary care comes from a clinic for the low-income and uninsured - and I am treated by a group of health professionals that have little to no experience with kidney cancer.

It's tough being uninsured - and it is so great when people like you are willing to raise a little awareness for us.

Thanks Again :)

Cancer Bitch said...

I'm so sorry. Call me naive, but have you called your reps in Congress for help? They might be especially helpful this time of year. Or American Cancer Society?

Anonymous said...

At 8:45 tonight I will remember the one in 8 U.S. women who will get
breast cancer and the 45,000 who will die this year. . .Oct 31 is Breast
Cancer Remembrance Day.

Panelists, Nonfiction Now 2010 said...

Thanks for alerting us.

C. Bitch

Anonymous said...

http://www.inspire.com/groups/bladder-cancer-advocacy-network/

No problem.

Kristy, have you checked out this group at Inspire.com? Bet someone there can advise....

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