Patients explain difficulties of living without health insurance in new documentary

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) On a chilly afternoon at the end of February, Wendy Ordoez cheap canada goose is in the kitchen preparing dinner. A gas powered space heater warms the dining room and the stove heats the kitchen as she prepares kale and tomatoes in a skillet alongside a pot of beans that have been cooking all day.

Ordoez didn’t always cook meals like this. She used to eat most of her food from a can. But after being canada goose outlet sale diagnosed with high blood pressure and anemia, she started making better choices.

That diagnosis didn’t come easy, however. Ordoez doesn’t have health insurance.

“I had no way to pay for a doctor to see me so I was just going untreated,” said Ordoez. canada goose outlet store uk “It probably had been about seven canada goose outlet jackets or eight years, the last time I had seen a doctor was when I was pregnant with my son.”

Wendy Ordoez, canada goose factory outlet 45, was having headaches at work that were going untreated. Because she didn’t have insurance, it had been years since she’d seen a doctor. “I was in a canada goose outlet parka very dangerous point with my health,” she recalls.

Ordoez, 45, is one of the thousands of people in our community who are living without health insurance, a situation that’s becoming more difficult as health care costs continue to rise. She shared her story in the new KSLA original documentary, “Chronically Heal.”

“I would just show up at the emergency room and get those bills in and try to pay a little here and a little there,” Ordoez explained. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2017. As a country, Americans spent $3.5 trillion on health care that year, canada goose outlet which averages out to $10,739 per person.

“I was just crossing my fingers and hoping I’d make it to May.”

The half hour documentary explores the ongoing challenges to accessing health care through the eyes of patients like Ordoez and Karen Chelette.

Chelette, 56, returned to truck driving about five years ago, a job she initially had in her early twenties. She realized later, canada goose outlet new york city however, that getting in and out of a big rig was accelerating the deterioration in her knees. She soon found herself working less, and applying for Medicaid.

“I got on Medicaid and I was like, canada goose outlet in usa ‘Great, at least I have something,” recalls Chelette.

It wasn’t long before she had to stop working altogether, however, so she applied for disability benefits. But getting on disability came with a catch.

Deloris Tucker, 64, had worked her whole life before she had to quit her job for dialysis treatments. With no way to work, she needed help canada goose outlet to pay for her medications, which included insulin to buy canada goose jacket treat her diabetes. “The insulin is like $400 or $500 just for four pens,” she says.

According to GoodRX, a company whose website tracks information on drug pricing canada goose clearance and provides pricing data to the public, the average price of the most popular medications rose 6 percent from 2017 to 2018. Among the highest increases were diabetes drugs, which rose 15 buy canada goose jacket cheap percent last year, according to their research.

“People legitimately cannot afford to get their medications filled. If they canada goose uk black friday did, they wouldn’t eat,” says Dr. Dana Clawson, dean of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health at Northwestern State University.

“There’s a lack of understanding of what people need.”

Louisiana expanded Medicaid coverage in 2016 which allowed more than 400,000 people to Canada Goose sale enroll in Medicaid and gain coverage, according to state data.

Janet Mentesane, the executive director of the MLK Health Center, says expanded coverage is a good thing, but there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding those laws and programs.

“First it was everybody is insured or now that we’ve expanded Medicaid, everybody who wasn’t insured is on Medicaid,” Mentesane said in an interview canada goose canadian goose jacket outlet online uk for the documentary. “There’s always going to be somebody who is falling through the cracks for some reason or just needs some temporary help.”

Jordan Ring, the director of strategic partnerships for the clinic, echoed that sentiment.

“Just because you have Medicaid canada goose outlet canada coverage, doesn’t mean you have a doctor that canada goose uk outlet will goose outlet canada actually accept that Medicaid,” said Ring. “There have been a lot of people who have come onto the Medicaid system but still cheap Canada Goose have no access to a doctor.”.