Medical insurance forces people to travel long distances for health care – InsuranceNewsNet


I was not surprised by the Cape Cod weather newspaper article “Elderly Cape Cod veterans forced to travel long distances for benefit qualification exams.” (4/29) Unfortunately, this is a problem for many people who live in Massachusettsand not just military veterans.

Last month I had to travel from Hyannis for Taunton, which is an hour drive each way, just for a dental surgeon to give me a second x-ray of my teeth to confirm the initial x-rays from my dentist confirming that I pulled out seven of my teeth in order to get dentures for my bottom teeth. The office visit lasted about 10 minutes.

I needed to travel this far because I wanted to be anesthetized to avoid feeling pain during this hour-long procedure, and apparently no local oral surgeon is closer to Hyannis would accept Medicaid for insurance so I don’t have to be wide awake while I have my teeth pulled.

A few months ago my sister, who has skin cancer, had to walk 54 miles from Pittfield for chicopee. My sister was told there were no local dermatologists who would accept her insurance. That’s why she was forced to take the long drive to see a doctor for 20 minutes to make sure she didn’t have any cancerous moles on her body.

I have sympathy for elderly veterans who have to travel many miles from home for unnecessary medical appointments. But, I also think that all the people who live in Massachusettswho are just ordinary civilians, shouldn’t have to travel more than a hundred miles in a single day to see a doctor for an elective procedure or a doctor’s visit.

Bram Hurvitz, Hyannis

Senate must vote to end child marriage in Massachusetts

Did you know that children can marry in Massachusetts, some as young as 13? Since 2000, 1,246 children have married here and 83% of those marriages were to girls married to adult men, according to the State Rep. Kay KhanD-Newton. The US State Department views child marriage as a human rights violation.

As a clinical social worker on Cape Cod, I learned that girls married before age 18 are more likely to be victims of physical and sexual assault, and that they do not have access to domestic shelters or legal support because they are minors. Last year, near New York and Rhode Island passed laws completely banning child marriage. But because Massachusetts’ State law has loopholes that allow child marriage, and since our state has no residency requirements for marriage, we could become a destination site for child marriage.

‘Trying to be lean where we can’: Record inflation makes life difficult on Cape Cod

Recently, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment to the state budget that would end child marriage. A law to end child marriage. Now the Senate must approve the bill before it heads to the governor’s office.

Please contact your senators to make Massachusetts the seventh state to end this dangerous child abuse.

Sheila Scott Gordon, Falmouth

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