What distinguishes the reductions recently imposed in Arizona, where coverage was eliminated on Oct. 1 for certain transplants of the heart, liver, lung, pancreas and bone marrow, is the decision to stop paying for treatments urgently needed to ward off death.
The cuts in transplant coverage, which could deny organs to 100 adults currently on the transplant list, are testament to both the severity of fiscal pressures on the states and the particular bloodlessness of budget-cutting in Arizona.
“It’s a real sign of the times,” said Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy. “And I think this is a precursor to a much larger number of states having this discussion.”
Answer by LindaClement at 1:15 PM on Dec. 6, 2010
Big insurance has been doing it for years. Fortunately my family has never been in a "life or death" insurance delima, but have been denied payment and approval for medical care. They even refused to pay my sons hospital bill once cause we didn't use a local Dr. We were out of state on vaction and he was admitted through the ER.
You can't have "cut the budget" and "give me everything I want". There will always be someone who suffers when decisions are made based on $$ not emotion.
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