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Hi! My name is Sonya.I am currently living in the middle of nowhwere in Arizona . I came on this board looking for info or help on how to get diagnosed if I have no money,transportation, or insurance.I have been coughing for about 10 months to a year now ,have chest pain,and sometimes cough up blood but thought little of it thinking that it was caused by stomach acid in my throat and was a side effect of GERD which I was diagnosed with. In December I was in a car accident and they ran a CT scan for injuries and instead found something on my lung.I was told to follow up with a doc within three days.Problem, I have no money,no insurance and now no car.Where I live there are not even buses and I have no friends or family in the area.I am reading that catching this early is very important but I dont know how to get medical care without transportation, money, or insurance.Does anyone know about programs or methods of being diagnosed if you are poor and uninsured?

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Hi Sonya,

You may qualify for medicaid. I'm assuming that you are less than 65 (cuz then you'd be on Medicare).

Try calling the social services department or the Social Worker at the hospital that is nearest to you and see if that person can help you get started. Or, see if your county has a person or program that could help you. How do you get groceries? Where?

Good luck. If you have any other questions, let us know. And, if you do or don't get any help through the sources I suggested, let us know that, too.


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Ok first of all breathe in and out deeply and stop for a minute. I know this is very worrisome right now and all very new to you. One step at a time. First you need to get to an Emergency room for a diagnosis and worked into the systeeeem. IF aya have to call and ambulance and voice your concern. everything else will fall into place after that happens. Money worries are not as important as getting help now. THings can be dealt with later but first is HELP!! doen below are some really great links for financial help and where to look for more info. HTese are good starting points though. ANother resource is the hospital social services system. They can be a great help also. There has got to be a ER near by somewhere near you. Take a deep breath and get to a med facility first. FInd out how serious this is and then we can start working things put. The longer you wait the worse it gets... Saying prayers and


Somew of these may not be click and redirect, MAy have to copy and paste in new window OK?? 1 & 4 are the best to start with but all may help eventually. Saying Prayers and sending hugs tonite for Ya.

1) http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/fact ... assistance




5) this is a Link for an organization i9n Phoenix that may be of some help..

http://www.bannerhealth.com/_Patients+a ... ograms.htm

Thesea re some very good links for assistance it may take some time to go through them. I recommend the first one you use is Patient advocate Foundation. They can help in many more areas besides the prescriptions. THey may be able to help you out greatly with ideas and more financial links

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Hi Sonya!

I'm a fellow "Zonie" ! how can I help? How "out in the middle of nowhere" are you...? :shock: As long as there is a dirt road nearby, we can get ya some help!! (and even if there isn't a dirt road, i've got 4wd!! :lol:)

Seriously, I am sorry you are dealing with all of this worry, especially without insurance and resources. But it may not be LC! We, in AZ, live in the Valley Fever hotbed. VF can also cause exactly what you are describing, and while no picnic, it is immensely more manageable than LC!

Let us know where you are, or PM me. Maybe I can help... I can certainly try! :wink:

Hang in there!

Yours in HOPE!


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Sonya - I'm sorry I am unable to help you with your questions due to geographical differences; however, I just wanted to say I'm sorry you have to be going through all this stress and worry and I hope you get some answers quickly. Will be keeping you in my prayers.


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Hi Sonya. I live in Glendale Arizona and have just gone through lung cancer treatment. Years ago my brother-in-law was in the same position as you, and he was able to get on a medical program here in Arizona called AHCCCS,ARIZONA HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT PROGRAM.Here is some information that I just found on GOOGLE. Below is the telephone number and once you contact them an AHCCCS eligibility specialist will review your application to find the program or programs that you and your family may qualify for. The eligibility specialist will send it to the right agency or AHCCCS department(s) which will decide your eligibility.

You will receive a phone call or a letter if there is anything else you need to do or send.

Most programs do not need a face-to-face interview if we can contact you by phone.

You can get an application or get help filling it in between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (602) 417-5010, then press 1, or call toll free 1-800-528-0142 then press 1.

Where exactly do you live in Arizona? I really do want to add that now is a critical time for you to stay as positive as you can. I realize how difficult this is to do, but it really is important that you do so. Keep in touch with this site as this support group helped me get through the tight spots and will do so for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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