Oct 24, 2013 - 8:45 am
I'm trying to figure this out and thought maybe some of you could help me. I was diagnosed this past February with MEC and had applied for Medicaid in January since we already knew there was a tumor there and the doctors "had a strong feeling" it was cancer. I fought and applied and provided paperwork from January to June and finally got my card in July. They did go back and cover me from February on. Question is...they have already dropped me. I had coverage from February to the end of September. Now, I am VERY grateful they helped with all of the big expenses...surgeries, radiation, etc.. but I had coverage for 8 months total. Two friends of mine have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and I was helping them figure out the Medicaid paperwork. They both were approved within 2 weeks and were given a guaranteed year of coverage. Why is that? I called Medicaid and they said that breast cancer had a one year coverage but "other cancers" did not. I'm confused. Cancer is cancer. I still have follow ups, scans, appointments, etc.. to take care of. Since I did the rads and they deem me "clear margins" then Medicaid has dropped all coverage. They also told me I'd have an $18K deductible once they finished paying what they would pay.
Why is H&N cancer treated so differently? Already we have so many teeth issues to deal with (that aren't covered AT ALL). I'm about $3k out of pocket on my teeth already and more to go. Don't get me wrong..I am very thankful for all of the blessings and help we've gotten, I'm just frustrated with the responses I keep getting.