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    MS state rep tells distraught mom to buy kid's lifesaving meds 'with money she earns'

    Mississippi state rep tells distraught mom to buy kid's lifesaving meds 'with money she earns'

    What do you want to bet he believes himself to be a man of honor.

    Nicole Nichols' 8-year-old daughter has diabetes; Nichols and her husband have come to rely on Medicaid to help supply life-saving essential medication for their daughter, because their two salaries are insufficient to cover their medical bills, which run in excess of $2000 month in out-of-pocket expenses.

    Nichols ran into trouble with Medicaid in Mississippi; like many Mississippians, she found that her state service was no longer willing to give her sufficient assistance to cover her daughter's medical bills.

    In frustration, she wrote to three of her state reps, two of whom were concerned and helpful, and one of whom, State Rep. Jeffrey Guice [R-Ocean Springs] sent her a short message reading, "I am sorry for your problem. Have you thought about buying the supplies with money that you earn?"
    {double-checks} Ayup. That's a Republican, alright.

    State Rep. Jeff Guice tells a mother to 'buy her own' medicine when she wrote asking for help for her diabetic daughter | SunHerald

    "I was flabbergasted that (Guice) had the wherewithal to push the send button," Nichols told The Clarion-Ledger. "Once I had a chance to think about it, I wasn't surprised at all. I grew up in Mississippi as awful as that sounds."

    Nichols' husband also has diabetes and while the family "work their tails off" to make ends meet, they still live "paycheck to paycheck." Nichols said there is a shame that comes with being on Medicaid but it's the only way her daughter can live a healthy, normal life.

    Nichols posted the exchange on her Facebook page, Living in the World of Test Strips. The response, she said, has been "overwhelming."

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    Ridiculous. As if that state rep has any idea what healthcare costs. I'm sure he and his family get theirs paid for by the taxpayers.

    We desperately need to move to UHC. We are the only country that is dumb enough not to do it. No one can shoulder costs like this alone.

    I am a single guy in his late 40s. I am more than happy to have my tax dollars help people like this family. The politicians? Not so much.
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    The story is odd. It could be true, but....what kind of diabetes costs $2,000 a month to treat? What state's Medicaid program doesn't fully cover diabetes in children?

    I hope there's no suffering family out there and this is just a stunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    The story is odd. It could be true, but....what kind of diabetes costs $2,000 a month to treat? What state's Medicaid program doesn't fully cover diabetes in children?

    I hope there's no suffering family out there and this is just a stunt.
    Since the Mississippi Sun Herald is a local news source, I doubt its a stunt.
    http://www.sunherald.com/news/politi...e86517097.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    Since the Mississippi Sun Herald is a local news source, I doubt its a stunt.
    Still odd. Insulin is not expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Still odd. Insulin is not expensive.
    If this is a stunt, feel free to debunk it.
    http://www.sunherald.com/news/politi...e86517097.html

    And again, this coming from a wealthy politician who most likely has his family's healthcare paid for by taxpayers. If he gives that up, he can say things like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    You don't think it's odd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    You don't think it's odd?
    In Mississippi? No. Just like I would not find it odd if it were Texas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Still odd. Insulin is not expensive.
    Juvenile diabetes is not treated only with insulin...there are other aspects to treatment. Type1 (juvenile) is an autoimmune disorder that cannot be prevented. Type 2 CAN be prevented.

    Diabetes: The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes - Medical News Today
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