"Health Care Reform Hits Home in Aurora"

Aurora, CO, April 2, 2010

From The Aurora Sentinel:

When the patient discovered she had leukemia, her first concerns were for cost rather than care. Kathy Myers, a registered nurse at the Medical Center of Aurora, remembers the reaction of a particular patient after learning of her illness.

For Myers, the response underscored the need for health care reform in the U.S. more than any of the countless debates that have dominated the media in recent months.

“We diagnosed her with leukemia right there in the ER; it was a complete surprise to her. The first words out of her mouth were, ‘I can’t afford this,’” Myers said. “And I remember being horrified to think that the first thought somebody would have was that they were unable to pay for their health care.”

Like other local health care workers in Aurora, Myers is hopeful that the expansive reform package passed by Congress last week will help address such fundamental problems. By eventually expanding coverage under Medicare and Medicaid to millions of uninsured Americans, Myers says she hopes the new legislation will change how her patients take care of themselves.

But many of the health care package’s major reforms aren’t slated to go into effect until 2014, and Myers’ hopes for reform are tempered by the reality of a long timeframe.

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