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6/11/1998
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Francesca Tenconi, 11 - Oakland, CA According to father Donald Tenconi: Eleven year old Francesca Tenconi suffers from Pemphigus Foliaceous, an auto-immune disease in which the body's immune system becomes over active and attacks the protein which adheres the top...
Archived Article
6/10/1998
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Betty Woolfson - Stockton, CA As told by her daughter, Sarah Jones: HMO enrollees who get an outside doctor's opinion had better have deep pockets to pay for the medical help they need. So far, a dispute between outside doctors and my mother's HMO has cost our family...
Archived Article
6/9/1998
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Barbara Garvey - Chicago, IL According to personal accounts: Chicago resident Barbara Garvey, 54, fell seriousIy ill during a Hawaiian vacation, due to an adverse reaction to a arthritis drug prescribed by her HMO doctor. The doctors in Hawaii correctly...
Archived Article
6/8/1998
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Judith Packevicz - Saratoga Springs, NY A woman suffering from a rare form of metastatic cancer of the liver is being denied life-saving treatment by her HMO. The HMO will not pay for a liver transplant recommended by her oncologist with the support of all her...
Archived Article
6/5/1998
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Bess Young - Carmichael, CA As told by her daughter-in-law, Nancy: Our entire family in Sacramento has had coverage through our HMO for many years. I believe that the care of my 80 year old mother-in-law, Bess, has lacked consistency and compassion. One day Bess was...
Archived Article
6/4/1998
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Chad Aitken - Woodland Hills, CA As told by his mother, Heather: To have your life fall apart when one piece of the puzzle comes out is very devastating. This is what happened to my family when my HMO refused to see my son, Chad, after a routine vaccine. Chad died...
Archived Article
6/3/1998
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Connie Barcliff - Santa Barbara, CA As told by Connie Barcliff: In November of 1996, I had a physical exam with my long-time physician. We discussed my symptoms and his exam confirmed that I have a condition called endometriosis. This is when the lining in the uterus...
Archived Article
6/2/1998
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Sarah Pedersen - San Mateo, CA As told by Sarah's mother, Brenda: Sarah was born with a brain tumor. When Sarah was three her doctors began a course of aggressive treatment, including brain biopsies and chemotherapy. While Sarah's body struggled to fight her disease...
Archived Article
6/1/1998
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Stephen Keller- Pacifica, CA As told by Stephen Keller: I have a condition called "atrial fibrillation" which is an irregular rhythm of the heart. I take medication to control this. I have had this condition for 10 years. Three things happened to me while...
News Release
6/1/1998
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Under Prop 213, Auto Maker Not Liable For Pain and Suffering of Badly Burned Teen -- For Now A consumer group announced today its disappointment with a Court of Appeal ruling that allows Ford Motor Company to use a 1996 voter initiative targeting uninsured drivers as...