How crazy is our healthcare system?

Print Article

My healthcare story is about a woman who had a pre-existing condition back before the Affordable Care Act. The medicine she needed cost $1,500 per month which was over half of her family’s income. After two years without proper care her joints were so badly damaged that she qualified for disability and received Medicare and finally got the medicine she needed. How crazy is it that a person must become badly disabled before he or she can get healthcare?

Every year in the U.S., 41 people out of 100,000 will be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (healthline.com). There are currently 78,000 people in Idaho in the Medicaid gap which means that there could be as many as 32 people in this group with a recent diagnosis of RA.

For every month that a person goes without treatment their joints will suffer permanent damage. Thinking about these 32 people in Idaho who may be going through this extremely painful and debilitating disease keeps me up at night.

Please join me in my efforts to close the Medicaid gap by signing a petition or by printing off a petition and finding 10 friends and family members to sign. I know this takes time and effort, but people in our state are suffering and they need our help.

You can sign the petition at Women’s Healthcare 1215 Michigan St., Suite C, or Panhandle Art Glass, 514 Pine St. Find out more about how you can help at medicaidforidaho.org .

LILLIE HAWKINS

Sandpoint

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Media not comparable to veterans, atrocities’ victims

October 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee My grandfather received an all-expense paid tour of Europe in the 1940s courtesy of the United States government. He was a lieutenant in the 8th infantry division and was put ashore in France a coupl...

Comments

Read More

We can’t do better than to keep Dan McDonald

October 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee I’d like to encourage everyone to vote for Dan McDonald for Bonner County commissioner, District 3. Dan is a hard worker and he knows how to engage with anyone who has a concern. He isn’t afraid to...

Comments

Read More

Our friends, family deserve essential health care

October 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Vote “yes” on Proposition 2. As a family doctor in Idaho for 25 years, I have the privilege of hearing life stories of so many from all walks. Some of the most heartbreaking are from those who have i...

Comments

Read More

Does Dan McDonald really represent your views?

October 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee As a citizen who owns property in both Bonner County, Idaho, and Pend Oreille County, Wash., both being affected by the proposed Newport silicon smelter. I would like to submit the following YouTube ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X