POV: The health insurance system's cruel indifference, Scott Desnoyers, Times Union

By Scott Desnoyers, Aug. 5, 2019

This was a $20 premium payment to his health insurer, FidelisCare, that he had missed because his phone had been shut off and he was moving. He never received the notice. When he learned about it, Danny paid the premium immediately, but FidelisCare told him that because it was past the first of the month, his plan would not resume until May.

Danny was on medications for depression. Without insurance, the medications cost $250. Danny could not afford that. Danny had no other choice. If we had Medicare for All — or, for New York state, the New York Health Act (NYHA) — my son would not have had to endure three weeks without his medications….

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