California: Terminally ill mom denied treatment coverage — but gets suicide drug approved

by Andrea Peyser, New York Post, 24 October 2016

Ms Peyser reports on the case of Stephanie Packer of California who was diagnosed with “scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes scar tissue to form in her lungs, four years ago. A doctor told her she had three years to live. Now 33, she has outlived the death sentence.”

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].’ ”

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.

“My jaw dropped.”

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