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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Your Choice

How would you get money for your
disabled child's expensive care?

The following situation is hypothetical, yet drawn from real experiences. What would you choose? The choices you make will reflect your personal value systems and ethical standards.

You and your spouse have a 10-year-old daughter with a life-threatening disease that is extremely expensive to treat. It's so costly that your little girl has already used up all of your family's $1 million health insurance. Now, you have to find a new way to pay for her medicine and surgeries.

You and your spouse both work, and you make good money. That means you don't qualify for Medicaid, the government health-care program for the disabled or poor. But you could qualify if you take drastic actions.

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Back to Extreme Choices
In Their Own Words
Three parents speak out on how their child's situation affects various aspects of their lives. Hear their stories in their own words.
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Listen to these mothers' advice for other families:
Barb Steele
Debbie Martin
Melissa Hahn

Photo Galleries
A Photographer's Journal
Enquirer photographer Michael Keating tells the story of these families through his own words and photos.

The Hahn Family
Melissa and Randy Hahn are dealing with a daughter that has extensive brain damage, epilepsy and a seizure condition.

Your Choice
These situations are hypothetical, yet drawn from real experiences. What would you choose?

You are a physician, free to accept or refuse anyone as a patient. Do you treat someone who has a low-paying job that does not proved health insurance coverage?
You make the choice.

How much care should your critically ill newborn receive?

How do you pay when your insurance runs out?

You're a legislator. Where do you spend the money?

Did You Know?
Ohio hasn't increased its payments to doctors seeing Medicaid patients in three years, but nursing homes get automatic increases every year. It's state law. Nursing home costs increased 31 percent in five years to $2.2 billion, making it the health care program's single biggest expense in 2001.