Why, thank you, Democrats
This, right here, is why I will vote third-party in November:
From my mom, this morning:
"This is nuts. Our health insurance will cover the cost of "treatment for cancer." However, it will not cover the cost of incision and biopsy to determine if an apparent tumor is cancerous. We have been going round and round for over a month, and have one more appeal, but this is where we stand. Ridiculous. Why are we going thru this hell?"
My step-dad will be 55 in September. He has a past history of lung and colon cancer and now tumor has been found in his upper jaw. There is a good chance the tumor is benign, but we can't know that without a biopsy.
For the record, their insurance is Pennsylvania's "adultBasic" -- provided by First Priority through Blue Cross of NEPA:
adultBasic promotes access to quality health care by providing basic health insurance to Pennsylvania citizens age 19 through 64 who need coverage but cannot afford it. The program is intended to provide transitional health insurance for adults who either have incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who may have jobs that do not include health benefits or who are between jobs.
And what does adultBasic provide?
* Preventive care such as immunizations and routine checkups
* Doctor services
* Diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury
* Inpatient hospitalization/outpatient services
* Accident and emergency medical care
* Rehabilitation and skilled care (in lieu of extended hospitalization)
Apparently, however, diagnosis of cancer must be made with divining rods or tea leaves or maybe the reading of entrails.