OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) — Most individuals have needed to undergo the run round with an insurance coverage firm for one factor or one other in some unspecified time in the future.
Usually talking, it doesn’t occur whereas preventing to your life, however that’s precisely what 74-year-old Joan Jonckheere goes by.
The Okemos resident was identified with lung most cancers in 2019 and has since had chemotherapy, radiation and even had one among her lungs eliminated. Jonckheere’s prognosis is terminal, however with the assistance of her oncologist, she discovered a drug that might assist extend her life.
The difficulty is the value tag. It falls in a little bit of a grey space between her prescription insurance coverage and her medical insurance coverage and if not lined can be $15,000 per 30 days. So, this 74-year-old, who lives alone has spent weeks searching for solutions and hopes to assist others keep away from the identical headache.
“Individuals on the tip stage of life shouldn’t need to undergo this,” Jonckheere mentioned. “I don’t know what we are able to do authorities smart or nation smart, however this simply isn’t proper… If there’s sufficient folks that get collectively and foyer or one thing to get the drug firms so that they don’t cost a lot.”
Serving to is one thing the retired nurse has at all times carried out. Even with this prognosis she — with the assistance of some pals — has made greater than two-thousand masks in the course of the pandemic for her church.
She additionally used to have a enterprise making Care Bears — stuffed animals who she wearing garments of somebody who lately died to provide as a memento to a grieving beloved one.
“I’ve at all times needed to provide again,” she mentioned.
After three weeks of backwards and forwards together with her insurance coverage, getting denied twice within the course of, Jonckheere came upon Tuesday morning her insurance coverage might be accepted. Nevertheless, it can nonetheless value almost $4,000 per 30 days.
And he or she has good insurance coverage — Blue Cross, Blue Protect for her medical and United Well being for her prescriptions — however is aware of others aren’t so fortunate.
“Not everyone has the vitality, the help system and docs perhaps that may do all of that (and assist),” Jonckheere mentioned. “How many individuals can one, afford the 15,000 not to mention the 4,000? So (I hope we are able to) do one thing within the authorities to get these prices down so folks of their final stage of life don’t need to tackle a component time job to determine, negotiate all of this.”
For now, Jonckheere syas she’s grateful for the time she has. Tuesday afternoon she took half in a digital line dancing class after her physician appointment. Her guide group is later this week. In the long run, her objective stays the identical because it ever was.
“That’s the purpose,” Jonckheere mentioned. I wish to assist different folks.”