Medicaid Drops Coverage For Mom With Cancer

Discussion in 'Free Speech Alley' started by Sourdoughman, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Sourdoughman

    Sourdoughman TigerFan of LSU and the Tigerman

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    12,314
    Likes Received:
    560
    Medicaid Drops Coverage For Mom With Cancer - cbs4.com

    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) ―

    Diana Smith has gone through six months of radiation and chemotherapy -- one week out of every month. She fears she will die without the bone marrow transplant scheduled for Tuesday.

    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.

    "I want to live to see my son grow up and get on with my life," Smith told CBS4's Ted Scouten.

    As a result of the WFOR CBS 4 report, State Sen. Dave Aronberg is prepared to take action over the weekend. Social Security officials are also looking into the case to make the surgery happen on Tuesday as had been planned.
     
  2. HalloweenRun

    HalloweenRun Founding Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2009
    Messages:
    6,927
    Likes Received:
    4,431
    Looking forward to your post when the op is conducted and this "glitch" is righted.

    hwr
     
  3. Sourdoughman

    Sourdoughman TigerFan of LSU and the Tigerman

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    12,314
    Likes Received:
    560

Share This Page