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Western UP Healthcare Access Coalition

       Client A sought the help of the W UP Healthcare Access Coalition in March of 2010.  She had been uninsured and knew that she had health issues that should be addressed by a physician, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  Due to limited income, scheduling and paying for a doctor’s appointment was difficult for her.  She was relieved to qualify for help from the healthcare Access Coalition, since she became eligible to see her doctor at no charge.  Additionally, Client A could also access limited diagnostic testing and generic prescriptions prescribed by her healthcare provider.

     In the summer of 2011, Client A was diagnosed as having stage III ovarian cancer as well as colon cancer.  She was put in touch with an oncology provider who agreed to see her on an in-kind basis, and with the help of WUPHAC was able to access medications needed to treat her condition.  

    Client A was recently approved for Social Security Disability and now has Medicare coverage, but credits the work of WUPHAC in helping her reach this point saying, “The prescription assistance was needed and very much appreciated”.

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