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Posted by Juanita on September 09, 2000 at 20:26:09:

In Reply to: HELP!!!! Rosilita or anyone......... posted by Kim on September 09, 2000 at 01:52:08:

: My mother has just learned within the past 10 days that she has stage lV ovarian cancer that has metastisized to her liver. We are devastated and on top of it all....she has no insurance coverage what-so-ever. She is 63 and not previously employed; my stepfather is 57 and still working with an average income. She qualifies for no social security as her lifetime employment total did not meet eligibility requirements therefore no Medicare coverage available. A hospital social worker told us that since their income is over $12,000 they cannot receive help through Medicaid. They do not own their own home so a second mortgage is out and they have no life insurance in which to borrow against (both suggestions I received from others via the net). Someone told me about a grant called the Hill-Burton but this appears to be limited to only care given in a very select few facilities. Please someone, Rosilita, I addressed you in the message heading because you had mentioned in an earlier post that you used to work in or with a law firm that dealt with these kinds of financial issues. Thanks in advance to anyone who can pass along some advice....we are desperate. Mom is so worried they will just leave her to die because of this and she doesn't need that added stress right now. But even though I haven't admitted this to her, I have to wonder if there isn't at least a half-truth to that.

So sorry to hear about your mom. Please get in touch with the American Cancer Society. I am sure they can give you some good advice. Also, call your general hospital in your area to see what their policy is. If you get no results get in touch with your congressman or senator....someone HAS to help you.

Good luck

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