Health Care Coverage for Lower Income Cancer Patients and Survivors
Since 2014, cancer has been the second leading cause of death in Florida, after heart disease. (Florida Department of Health)
Florida also has the 4th highest number of uninsured residents (2.6 million), leaving a lot of low-income people to deal with the costs of cancer screenings and treatments out of pocket. (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Medicaid expansion has proven to be critical for people diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors. (American Cancer Society)
When Fighting Terminal Lung Cancer is Only Half the Battle
By: Sue E., Citrus County
I was a surgical nurse until I had to leave my job. That is when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. The premium for the COBRA insurance through my job was $1,200 a month. My current income is my social security disability payment which is barely enough to cover my rent and electricity bill; never mind my car payment or car insurance.
The Cancer Center where I get my treatment has a financial lady that has helped me figure out my insurance situation. She was able to find out that I have what’s called Medically Needy. I have a high deductible that I have to pay before Medicaid kicks in to help.
Florida has got to change. I paid into the system my whole life. The minute I can, if I’m able, I’m going to work, because I can’t survive like this. Some days I think that I may have to just go back to work as I’m recovering. I’ve got to get through this somehow because this kid’s gotta have me.
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