A Nevada woman signed up for health insurance through a state Obamacare exchange but there was a mixup that delayed her coverage. Unfortunately, her treatment was also delayed – after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. By the time things were straightened out it was too late.
Linda Rolain was among 150 Nevadans suing the contractor Xerox for lack of coverage. She is the first to die of complications from an illness, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“We are worried that this is the first of many Nevadans who have life-threatening issues that may end up in such tragic circumstances,” Rolain’s lawyers said in a statement.
Rolain was diagnosed with the tumor in early 2014 and was unable to receive treatment for months because of enrollment problems with the state’s Obamacare exchange, Nevada Health Link, Rolain’s husband Robert said in a June press conference.
Robert Rolain said his wife’s tumor went from treatable to fatal as they awaited coverage. (Read More)
President Obama and his liberal allies would have called the delay in coverage a “hiccup.” I’d say “tragedy” is a more appropriate description.
Update: The Wall Street Journal reported today that thousands of Americans who purchased insurance through the Obamacare exchanges still don’t have coverage.
In states including California, Nevada and Massachusetts, which are running their own online insurance exchanges, some consumers picked a private health plan and paid their premiums only to learn recently that they aren’t insured.
Others received a policy but then got married, had a baby or another “life event” that required their coverage to be updated, yet have been waiting months for the change to take effect.
As a result, some of these people say they have put off medical treatments or paid out of pocket for health expenses. Some insurers say they will be reimbursed. (Read More)