On the last day of the legislative session, with the health reform funding bill poised to be enacted and federal waiver negotiations still not complete, we want to yet again make sure everyone understands the human dimensions of chapter 58. While us policy experts are discussing tens and hundreds of millions of dollars for this or that, real people are getting real health care, every day.
Over 10 days, we’ve presented a daily real-life example of how health reform is touching the lives of Massachusetts. The stories focus on Commonwealth Care and MassHealth, since funding for these programs is under review. All the stories (names are changed) come from recent callers to the HCFA Helpline, which receives some 700 calls every week from people needing help with the health care system. Thanks to Kate Bicego, HCFA Helpline Director, for collecting the stories. Today’s story comes from Helpline counselor Hannah Frigand. Previous stories are available at www.hcfama.org/consumerstories. Here’s our final entry:
Lisa, of Wareham, had to stop working because her fibromaylgia had made it too difficult for her to continue working. Lisa has always been the one to cover herself and her husband Tim. Tim works as a bartender and is not eligible for any benefits. Lisa was been checking the mail everyday to see if she and Tim have been accepted for Commonwealth Care. They were so grateful to find out yesterday that they are eligible for Commonwealth Care.
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