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Family Denied Medical Treatment Because of State's Debt

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posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 07:43 PM
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Family Denied Medical Treatment Because of State's Debt


WILLIAMSON-- A Carterville mom says she was denied medical care for her children because the state isn't paying its bills.

As the Illinois budget crisis drags on, it's impacting more and more people.

Now, some doctors in southern Illinois are limiting services for patients employed by the state or is asking those patients to pay up front.

It is a vicious cycle. The state isn't paying the insurance companies, so insurance companies aren't paying doctors, and the doctors are forced to make changes some families don't like.

Ashley Wright of Carterville says one of the main reasons she and her husband decided to work for SIU was for the benefits.

Now it seems the most important perk - health insurance - is being compromised.

"On one point, I want to be mad at the doctors because I feel like they have a moral obligation to hang in there and not bail on us when times get rough," says Ashley.

During a recent check-up, Ashley's four month old son Noah was denied immunizations by his pediatrician.

The doctor said Ashley's insurance provider wasn't paying its bills. Ashley doesn't know how to fight back.

"We can't go after the doctors, they're not being paid. We can't go after the insurance company, they're not being paid. But how do we fight the state?" she asks.

At one nearby doctor's office, they're now requesting state employees pay out of pocket to later be reimbursed.

They say it's because the explanation of benefits used to say payment would come in four to eight weeks, but now it says "as state funds become available."

"It could be a year, two years, three years. I mean how do we know when the money is going to become available," says Cathy Paul, office manager for a Carbondale doctor.

The office is just now being paid for last July, and they fear the back log will only get worse.

"If you're not getting reimbursed from the insurance company, how do you keep paying your bills?" asks Cathy.

It's an argument Ashley can understand.

"They're jumping ship because they're not being paid. I wouldn't work for free either," she says.

Noah will have to find somewhere soon to get the shots to stay in day care. His mother is not happy about it.

"It's wrong! I'm paying my insurance, they're supposed to pay our doctors and now my kids are suffering," says Ashley.

SIU employees aren't the only ones who may be affected.

This could apply to any state worker from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Corrections.

It depends on the insurance selected and your doctor.

By: Christen Craig
ccraig@wsiltv.com




posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 07:45 PM
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So the home state of Barak Hussein Obama is struggling to pay its medical bills. They don't have enough funds to pay for their own state employees. Now with the HCR on the horizon, which now is estimated to increase medical costs and insurance premiums, how will the State who ultimately has to pay for HCR survive?

This November help kick these City, State, Federal, Congressional hacks out of office so a fresh start can be ordained. No matter the party affiliation....you know who voted & supported for the HCR and let them know this November, before your State is forced to use measures like ILLINOIS.



posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 07:49 PM
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I figured it would come to this at some point. I'd just drop the insurance.

When the system falls apart it all comes down to people. People must do what is right and not worry about money that's why I blame the doctor. If I was in his position I'd help out as many as I could



posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 07:54 PM
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Originally posted by ISHAMAGI
I figured it would come to this at some point. I'd just drop the insurance.

When the system falls apart it all comes down to people. People must do what is right and not worry about money that's why I blame the doctor. If I was in his position I'd help out as many as I could


You know those vaccines aren't cheap, plus most doctors whose patient base is city/state insurance would be out of buisness if started to do that. I am sure the doctor would love to help the family out, but how many families can you save when your own state puts its own greed ahead of anything else.



posted on May, 1 2010 @ 06:14 PM
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It all comes down to doing the right thing. No one has the balls to do the right thing that's why were in the position were in now.



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