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magwriter
magwriter Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hello, I am working on a story for Glamour Magazine about health insurance, and am looking to profile two women who have suffered from breast cancer--one with insurance, and one without--so I can compare their experiences. If you or someone you know would be willing to share your story, please let me know. I am looking for women in their 20s and 30s, from anywhere in the US. I can be reached at [email protected]. Thanks!

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  • sassysally
    sassysally Member Posts: 150
    hello, I am now in my 40's, but have had breast ca at 28, 36, and 40. I was self employed, and subsequently my health insurance increased 75 percent every yr due to my cancer. In the end for my son and I, the premium was 900 dollars a month!!!!! They werent saying they were cancelling me due to my cancer, but they made the premiums so damn high that I had to choose between my home and food for my son or health insurance. I have had horror stories with insurance companies..... Ill tell you about them sometime if you are interested. If you want my story email me at [email protected] . Good luck!!! The insurance industry does not care about sick people. Just health ones that dont cost them any money. If you get a catastropic illness, they consider you dead wood ( pardon the expression). Thanks
  • krisrey
    krisrey Member Posts: 194

    hello, I am now in my 40's, but have had breast ca at 28, 36, and 40. I was self employed, and subsequently my health insurance increased 75 percent every yr due to my cancer. In the end for my son and I, the premium was 900 dollars a month!!!!! They werent saying they were cancelling me due to my cancer, but they made the premiums so damn high that I had to choose between my home and food for my son or health insurance. I have had horror stories with insurance companies..... Ill tell you about them sometime if you are interested. If you want my story email me at [email protected] . Good luck!!! The insurance industry does not care about sick people. Just health ones that dont cost them any money. If you get a catastropic illness, they consider you dead wood ( pardon the expression). Thanks

    HI Sassy,
    I just read your post and had to respond about the cost of health insurance. I am also self employed and BlueCross just went from $993 a month to $1200 a month. I am thankful that I have a really good insurance plan that has covered all my treatment. I am also thankful that right now my business can afford to pay it. However, $1200 a month is a bit rediculous!!! Also I worry about having to get different insurance because now of the pre-existing illness, so I keep paying the cost and pray they don't drop me.
  • zietta
    zietta Member Posts: 4
    krisrey said:

    HI Sassy,
    I just read your post and had to respond about the cost of health insurance. I am also self employed and BlueCross just went from $993 a month to $1200 a month. I am thankful that I have a really good insurance plan that has covered all my treatment. I am also thankful that right now my business can afford to pay it. However, $1200 a month is a bit rediculous!!! Also I worry about having to get different insurance because now of the pre-existing illness, so I keep paying the cost and pray they don't drop me.

    Nothing very glamourous about the health care situation in this country. The weathy can afford to be sick, the poor, uninsured woman can only hope to find the right path to recovery.
    I did not have health insurance when I became ill in 1994, again in 2000, still cannot afford conventional medical insurance, I make very little money and disabled and trying my best to survive within my means.
    I am a little old for the parameters of your article, however, I pray for cancer to become less of a "Big Buisness" and more humanity oriented. My gosh, only the "Rich" can really afford some treatment and consideration!