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  •  Being labeled as mentally ill (2+ / 0-)
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    churchylafemme, hulagirl

    can be a big problem.  It makes it much more difficult to get back into the job market and resume your life.

    Once you get locked into that system, its hard to get out.  Its not a healthy system, forcing people to be given the label of being chronically mentally ill is difficult.  It usually means giving up your current home and possessions to be put into housing, etc. which qualifies for these programs - a big disruption for someone going through cancer treatment.

    And that's part of the problem - ACT contractors who need work - maybe that money would be better spent on temporary assistance for people with cancer and other serious illnesses.  Now you understand why I get glares and hostility at the community network meetings and in the halls outside the statehouse committee rooms during budget time. I'm threatening someone's budget - someone who may be getting more than they can use.  In the budget turf battles, its not about helping people who need it, its about protecting budgets and jobs.

    Private health insurers always manage to stay one step ahead of the sheriff - Sen. Sherrod Brown

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:56:46 AM PDT

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    •  Further info about cancer patients (3+ / 0-)
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      churchylafemme, Kewalo, ladybug53

      The reason most need temporary financial help isn't because depression over the illness prevents them from working full time.  Its usually due to side effects of the illness and treatment - nausea, fatigue, impaired immune systems, bone pain, "chemo brain", frequent medical appointments - all temporary but still debilitating.

      There's nothing greater than finishing treatment and being given a clean bill of health - most patients are highly motivated to get back to their normal lives and enjoy the gift of life they've been given.  Its hard to manage that when you've become financially dependent on a dx of chronic mental illness.

      Private health insurers always manage to stay one step ahead of the sheriff - Sen. Sherrod Brown

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 08:11:10 AM PDT

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