OMG - XOCats Here in California, your friend would have qualified for some assistance through a CMSP (County Medical Supplement Program) and once on disablility then he could have gotten Medi-Cal, and Loma Linda, UCLA & other fine university hospitals would have cared for him....That is a TRAVESTY!!!!!
Maybe Mr. Garragos should go to bat for your friend.....
He applied for CMSP but did not qualify because he worked that month and made to much money. He was told that he had to use up his savings before he could re-apply.
He did use his savings to pay medical bills but before he could re-apply for help, he became very sick and emotionally defeated. His oncologist called Medi-Cal but they have heard nothing back. His case worker at Social Security is attempting to expedite his case but it may be to late for my friend. Because of the overwhelming back log, nothing happens quickly there.
I have made many calls on his behalf, to try and find a solution with no results.
He fell through more than the cracks in the American health care system...
he fell into a black hole, where he will probably not emerge alive.
He will be released from the hosp asap...
his current fear is that, when he is due for his next chemo, he will be turned away again.
He is sick and tired and talks about just giving up.
Why? My friend of 30 years, who had worked, been a good neighbor and followed the laws of the land all his life, has learned that he has no value in the current health system.
This is a tragedy that happens all to often.