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Terminally Ill Mom Denied Treatment Coverage–But Gets Suicide Drug Approved

October 24, 2016

(New York Post) – Since California’s End of Life Option Act took effect, attitudes expressed by sick members of support groups she’s run or been involved with have changed to the grim. Where once members exchanged messages of hope, “people constantly are talking about, ‘We should be doing this [dying].’?” “I just wanted no part of it,” says Packer, a devout Roman Catholic. Then her doctors suggested that switching to another chemotherapy drug might buy her time. Her medical insurance company refused to pay. She says she asked if the company covered the cost of drugs to put her to death. She was told the answer is yes — with a co-payment of $1.20.

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