The Washington Times reported that the California Assisted-suicide law prompted an insurance company to deny coverage to a terminally ill California woman.
Bradford Richardson, from the Washington Times reported that Stephanie Packer, a wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma, said that her insurance company initially indicated it would pay for her to switch to a different chemotherapy drug based on the recommendation of her doctors but shortly after the California assisted suicide law went into effect, her insurance company denied her treatment.
Richardson reported Packer as saying:
“And when the law was passed, it was a week later I received a letter in the mail saying they were going to deny coverage for the chemotherapy that we were asking for,”
She said she called her insurance company to find out why her coverage had been denied. On the call, she also asked whether suicide pills were covered under her plan.
“And she says, ‘Yes, we do provide that to our patients, and you would only have to pay $1.20 for the medication,’”Mrs. Packer said.
This is disturbing beyond words.
I will say this. Assisted suicide is not an option where I live. And when my father was diagnosed with brain cancer (for those who don’t know, my father was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme in 2014 and he passed away in April 2016) his claim was also denied for chemotherapy and radiation. He was on Medicare with a supplemental insurance, although I am not 100% sure who he had that insurance with.My parents ended up having to apply for a grant that would only pay a portion of the cost of the chemo and radiation. They got the grant, but lost it when the hospital basically just stopped administering treatment in hopes of forcing the VA to take over (it was, basically, because my father was a pain in the ass as the disease progressed, and they didn’t want to deal with him anymore; this was told to us in kinder terms).
People keep telling me this is what Obamacare is here to solve. But considering he was on Medicare and Obamacare was already active law, I highly doubt the government is suddenly going to help pay for cancer treatments of terminally ill old people so they can get a little more time and maybe some quality of life, which my father ended up not having either of.
This woman… look, I know the illness is terminal. But this woman obviously wants whatever time she has left. To me, that isn’t a waste of money. A lot of people with terminal illnesses have gone on to live long lives. Young, old, it shouldn’t matter. These are human beings. I honestly don’t care if someone with a terminal illness wants to end their life. I can understand it completely, and I would be lying if I said I was against it. If the person is of sound mind and this is what they want, then fine, give them suicide pills (my father should have not qualified if it had been option here, since he was not of sound mind). But if they want their time… give them that time!
I am not, however, going to blame this law for the denial of her treatment. As I said, my father’s was denied as well, and assisted suicide is not an option here. I don’t know many folks who had insurance grant payment for chemo and radiation on terminal illnesses. Does that suck? Hell yes it does. I think it should be granted for people who want that time.