Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A Face to Match the Cause

Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile - New York Times

The New York Times recently did an important piece, putting a face to the issue of uninsured Americans. Ms. Readling is part of a growing group of uninsured Americans, the self-employed. Why is a middle class business woman without insurance? She began to shop around for new insurance in early 2005, she was then diagnosed with Cancer. Ms. Readling discovered that her Cancer increased her health insurance premiums to amounts she could not afford. Currently, uninsured, she rations her cancer medication to four times a week, when the medication should be taken daily, because it costs her $ 300 to get her prescription filled. Worst of all she avoids treatments that could save her life because she can't afford to pay for them.

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