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Woman in danger of missing dialysis treatments

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A Susquehanna Township woman says changes in the federal health care law are making it very difficult for her to get life-saving treatments.

DeAna Cornelius is suffering from renal failure and is waiting for a kidney transplant. In the meantime, she has been going for dialysis treatments three times a week.

Problems with her legs have made it difficult for DeAna to walk. That along with the fact that she weighs 500 pounds makes it necessary for DeAna to be taken by an ambulance and EMS workers to her dialysis.

But because of changes in the health care law, her insurance company has stopped paying for the ambulance. DeAna can't afford it out-of-pocket.

"They really help me," she said. "I just can't do it by myself."

"I spoke to the nurse," she said. "She had concerns about me falling and she didn't say not come. She just strongly recommended that I didn't try to come on my own."

DeAna has considered using CAT's Share a Ride, but she says the ride schedule would make for a 13-hour day. In the meantime, she is left to hope the insurance company grants her appeal and reverses its decision.

"I'm going to still fight," she said. "I have my bad days. I have my bad days and I want to give up. But I can't do that and I'm going to fight."


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