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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Death Sentences Imposed By Insurance Companies for Medical Cannabis Patients


Death Sentences Imposed By Insurance Companies for Medical Cannabis Patients
"Death Sentences Imposed By Insurance Companies for Medical Cannabis Patients" a first hand account by Cheryl Shuman (Yours Truly)

Reason TV Provided this video clip of my testimony at LA City Council 1/13/2010

Hello Everyone,

This is Cheryl Shuman. I am the new Executive Director of Beverly Hills NORML90210.org. I'm proud to be a charter member of the NWA-NORML Women's Alliance.
One of my biggest frustrations in dealing with outsiders in the movement is that there is an impression that if you're not in a wheelchair or "LOOK SICK" then people discount you as not having a legitimate illness. This is extremely discouraging to me.


I'm hoping that someone can point me in the right direction on how to get some help for my own personal health issues. As many of you know, I survived a three year battle with Ovarian Cancer. After seven surgeries I was doing "ok". However, when investigating my other health issues, I was diagnosed with Acute Pulmonary Histoplasmosis, Asthma, Mitral Valve Prolapse, hypertension and Liver tumors. On my CT Scan and MRI in June of 2008, I was informed that I have a mass of tumors 11.8 cm covering my entire liver and grown through my fundus and gall bladder.

Another one of my biggest frustrations in finding health care is finding someone that is open minded about cannabis that even understands all of the health issues I deal with on a daily basis.
On a recent visit to my doctor in the new town I've moved to, I collapsed from a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack or "mini-stroke"). This new doctor asked me if I used cannabis. I was honest and told him that I am a LEGAL cannabis patient. Instead of helping me, I felt as if I had the Black Plague or something else. His body language was pushing his chair back standing up and informing me that this "new information would most likely cancel my insurance, meaning I'm screwed on health care moving forward". Does anyone have any insight on this? I would appreciate any guidance.


I just got out of the hospital again this morning and am on bedrest for the next ten days. I'm terrified that my health insurance might be cancelled and am deeply concerned about how to move forward. Any advice or guidance is most appreciated. Thank you all.


Due to health reasons I've had to cancel our events at the Sundance Film Festival. I'm so very sorry. I hope to be well enough soon to see you all soon.

Respectfully,
Cheryl Shuman
Executive Director
Beverly Hills NORML90210.org
http://norml90210.org/take-action.php

P.S. I forgot to mention that this video clip was send to us courtesy of Reason TV where they are using it on a story. Thanks Reason TV! :)

5 comments:

  1. I feel like with doctor-patient confidentiality, a doctor could not release this type of information. With that being said, if they do not already know then how will the find out? I am no expert but a doctor is not allowed to release any such type of medical information to anyone, unless he or she wants a lawsuit. But Good Luck with everything you are going through!

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  2. John, I agree on principle but have and know it happens to often. I've heard from many people that have had the same happen to them. Years back I recall a teacher of mine that made the local newspapers. She needed a new liver and she liked to drink. And did. Lawsuits and old students getting involved helped her get it with the publicity generated. Now maybe that could be ok because let's face it, booze and the liver don't exactly work together. But for medical cannabis? Yes, it happens. You think doctors have to respect patient confidentiality but sadly they don't. Look into the MIB. Medical Information Bureau, where doctors rat on patients to the insurance companies. Seems to be somewhat legal, somehow and standard operating procedure.....Not right or just but it is happening.

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  3. I told aa previous doctor of mine that I used marijuana for numerous health reasons and she told me never tell a doctor that. She explained that health insuarance companies ask if any patients use illicit drugs and that if they don't report anyone they will take money away from this. The doctor that gave me my mmj card has never seen my insuarance card and never will.

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  4. yep. sad to say it's wise to lie to your doctor.

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  5. FRANKLY THIS MUCH YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW ,,, STOP PAYING TAXES STOP AGREEING WITH THE LAW , PROTEST THE HOSPITAL , AND ORGANIZE ALL THE PATIENTS FOR THAT PROTEST ' ALINE GOOD DOCTORS AND DROP BAD ONES

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