Cancer patients may lose insurance


Cindy Jacobson is in remission for renal cell carcinoma. Her doctors, surgeons, her support group are all at MD Anderson. Her scans there cost up to $9,300 dollars.

“I don’t sleep, I don’t eat, I just keep looking for answers. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said.

Jacobson and Sara Speer Selber are business owners who purchased individual health plans. In January, they said they’ll be out of network at St. Luke’s, Texas Heart Institute and MD Anderson.

“I can’t imagine seeing those ads on TV where they cross out cancer and to sit there and look at it and say ‘that’s great, but it’s not for me,’” Jacobson said.

“I want access in my backyard to MD Anderson. I want to be treated no differently than someone who works for a corporation, I pay my taxes the same way,” Selber said.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is one of the insurance companies dropping the individual PPO plan.

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