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    Question re: assistance for uninsured cancer patients in Ohio

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      Diana60

      I totally understand where you are coming from. I have a limited benefit program. My husband retired due to 8 bulging disc in his back at 62 and I just hit 60. Every woman Matters was going to help with the bills but a Christmas bonus put me $950 over their limit and left me with over $32,000 in hospital bills and $9845 in physician bills. I applied for everything and finally the hospital and doctors gave me a reduction but I still had to take a second job to pay the bills. I am worn out and can't afford to go to the cancer center every 3 months, so I told them that I would be in at 6 months. Since my mother and sister died of lung cancer, this is very scary for me. The stress is terrible. Because I work and carry the insurance my employer has, I am not eligible for any government programs and I don't make enough to afford better insurance and now, will not qualify. I know there are others out there in the same financial spot. I am hoping that I can qualify for something in October, so I can have better medical care in 2014

      almost 4 years ago
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      Diana60

      I understand where you are coming from. I too am a working person that does not make enough to afford insurance. My husband is retired and has 8 bulging disc in his back. We make too much to get any government help, but not enough to be able to afford good insurance. The surgery bills were over $32,000 at the hospital and $8945 from the doctors. By filling out multiple paperwork, the hospital and doctors did reduce the bills but I have had to take a second job to pay them. I can't afford the cancer center, so cancelled the 3 month checkup and made one for 6 months. It is scary when you think about the fact that I lost my mother and sister to lung cancer. My limited benefit from work only paid $1500 and paid $65 toward the $688 cancer center bill. I am praying that I can get better insurance in October so that I can afford care in 2014. Right now I am struggling with how to afford the 6 month mammogram as my insurance only pays for one a year.

      almost 4 years ago
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      I have looked in to Medicaid, SSI, Disability and BCCP in Ohio. I'm not old enough for Medicaid or BCCP; I am not considered 'disabled' despite my cancer diagnosis. I also don't qualify for Medicaid because I don't have children in the home and am not currently pregnant. I have contacted senators, congressmen, government offices, non-profits. It's a tedious process and completely sickening when you are told (NO JOKE) that if you were an alcoholic or an addict you could get help; OR "if only you were pregnant..." *sigh*

      almost 4 years ago
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    Oh No (Health insurance issue): unemployed and without health insurance, have applied for several programs and am seeking information, but being rejected due to age (too young), no children in home, not pregnant, no addiction issues.