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Ailing federal worker says she'll get back lapsed insurance

Tuesday, January 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By: Andrew Selsky, Associated Press

Updated 1/18/19

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and could not reach her employer during the government shutdown said Friday that she will get back her federally paid insurance coverage that lapsed months ago.

Jasmine Tool said she only had enough of a nutrient formula that she gets through a feeding tube to last through Friday. She said she had been unable to learn why her insurance lapsed or how to get it back because the shutdown meant no one was answering her calls.

Tool, who has a paralyzed stomach and brain tumor, was elated after a regional office of the Fish and Wildlife Service told her she would have coverage again.

 

"My insurance is set to be reinstated Monday!" the 30-year-old said in an email.

The U.S. government has said employees with active insurance will not lose it during the shutdown. Tool's situation was unusual but shows the unexpected ways the shutdown can affect people.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon had pointed to Tool's plight to call for an end to the four-week-long shutdown.

 

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