Health insurance rules force people to travel too far for treatment
I was not surprised by the article in the Cape Cod Times newspaper “Elderly Cape Cod veterans forced to travel long distances for qualifying exams for benefits.” (4/29) Unfortunately, this is a problem for many people who live in Massachusetts, and not just veterans.
Last month I had to travel from Hyannis to Taunton which is an hour drive each way just to have a dental surgeon give me a second x-ray of my teeth to confirm first x-rays from my dentist confirming that I had seven of my teeth pulled out 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 pain during this hour-long procedure, and apparently no local oral surgeon closer to Hyannis would accept Medicaid for insurance, so I wouldn’t have to be wide awake while my teeth were pulled.
A few months ago my sister, who has skin cancer, had to travel 54 miles from Pittsfield to 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 people who live in Massachusetts, who are just regular 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 home visit. doctor.
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 girls married to adult men, according to the State Rep. Kay Khan, D-Newton. The US State Department considers child marriage a violation of human rights.
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, neighboring cities of New York and Rhode Island passed laws banning child marriage altogether. 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 marriages.
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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