I’ll be honest here, I’m not certain if we have the full story, but it is disturbing none-the-less. A mom undergoing treatment for cancer was denied a procedure because her income level went “too high” after Social Security suggested she sign her son up for disability benefits.
Diana Smith has gone through six months of radiation and chemotherapy — one week out of every month. She is in remission and had a donor for a transplant; being in remission is prerequisite for the transplant.
But her hopes of receiving the transplant were dashed in March, when she says, the Social Security Administration contacted her –without her soliciting it — and told her that her three year-old son was entitled to receive Social Security disability payments. Even though she didn’t ask for it, she signed the form and received her son’s first check check.
In April, Medicaid canceled her universal health care policy because her income level had risen with her son’s payments – making her ineligible for the insurance program.
The current government program certainly do seem to make a total mess of things for families on a regular basis. Doubt it will get much better.
After review, it looks like Diana will get her treatment this week. You’ll notice that I’ve provided you with the full information I have, including the fact she was denied coverage, had to go through the mental anguish about getting treatment, she had to reach out for help, and she may well get the help she needs.
If President Obama told this story, it would have ended right after she was denied coverage and he never would have told the audience Diana will most likely get her treatment this week.
As a result of the WFOR CBS 4 report, State Sen. Dave Aronberg is prepared to take action over the weekend. Social Security officials are also looking into the case to make the surgery happen on Tuesday as had been planned.