Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lack of Insurance, Medical Care May Have Contributed to MS Patient’s Decline

The headline on a recent Wall Street Journal article says it all:

How Government Adds To Ranks of Uninsured

Providing coverage for the uninsured has became a key issue in the presidential race. But as the article explains, the federal government, which outsources service jobs, is adding to the numbers of uninsured in this country.

They are people like Fay Derricotte, a cashier in the cafeteria at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. She worked for a private contractor that didn’t provide health insurance coverage, and her annual salary – only about $14,500, wasn’t enough for her to buy insurance on her one.

Derricotte, who was laid off from her job, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is now confined to a wheelchair. She is unable to work and is collecting Social Security disability benefits and other public assistance.

Her condition is dire, and doctors say that the rapid progression of her disease and the onset of her disability might have been slowed had Derricotte received earlier medical intervention and treatment.

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