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  •  How is your wife being treated with rectal cancer (3+ / 0-)
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    "with everything paid for" with "no insurance"? What are you talking about? Please clarify.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 05:12:15 AM PDT

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    •  I want to know that too, because Obamacare doesn't (1+ / 0-)
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      go into effect until 2014.
      Little pieces of it are in effect, but the actual program - Jan. 2014.
      I know this because I won't be eligible for medicare until Feb. 2014.  Please advise how I could get coverage between now and then that doesn't cost as much as my mortgage per month.

      I belong to the Honey Badger Wing of the Democratic Party. We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. Have you seen our videos?

      by Cassandra77 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:02:07 AM PDT

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    •  First we went to a free clinic in Rockland (1+ / 0-)
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      established by a doctor who used to work at the Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston. He hooked us up with some programs at Pen Bay in Rockport and they hooked us up with more programs at Maine General in Augusta. We have an appointment coming up to talk to a doctor who may wish to include us in his trials. Strip off the insurance and Affordable Care includes a lot of smart doctors and nurses who are able to make things happen.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 01:00:55 PM PDT

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      •  All the best to you. Hope for a full recovery. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm very pleased that you and your wife have found ways to get good medical care in these tough times.

        look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

        by FishOutofWater on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:16:42 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

          In 2005 I hooked up with NACHC, the National Association of Community Health Centers. They were celebrating their 40th anniversary. In the beginning they were free clinics, run by aging hippees. Long hair hippee communist radical freak doctors with long grey hair falling down their backs in ponytails. They came up with ways of getting money without going through the government and  filling out 300 pages of grant proposal so maybe 3% of them could get funded.

          Some of their ideas were new markets tax credits where they set themselves up as private non profits and sold their tax exemptions to banks in return for forgiveness of loans, neighborhood synergy where they brought into being the concept of linkage for developers, and buying in bulk through regional primary care associations.

          Hospitals provided them access to diagnostics and volunteers to bring healthcare to under served areas.
          Now its pretty common to find them even in places other then Massachusetts and Austin, Texas.

          Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

          by rktect on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 04:48:31 PM PDT

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