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Insurance May Be Hazardous to Your Health: "They Figured It Was Cheaper to Kill Me"
Date:6/23/2009

Managed health care can threaten financial and emotional health -- and your life, says cancer survivor Jo Joshua Godfrey, whose family has endured three generations of abuse at the hands of health insurers. She thought the healthcare system might have changed since she beat cancer, but last year her grandson was denied proper treatment for a serious condition. Godfrey knows she is not alone, and she is leading the charge to fight back against insurance abuse.

Stevenson Ranch, CA (PRWeb) June 23, 2009 -- "They figured it was cheaper to kill me than to treat me," says lung cancer survivor Jo Joshua Godfrey of California, who beat gross insurance mismanagement in the nineties -- and now lives to talk about it.

She testified before the California legislature and even helped deliver caskets to key legislators in protest. Now, after seeing a daughter and a grandson suffer at the hands of insurers, she is launching a non-profit to help patients reform health insurance, and plans to tell her story to local, state and federal legislators and other decision makers.

"The goal of United Patients of America is to give a voice to people and families who feel they have been abused by insurers. It's an organization for the people. We want to provide people with resources and, as we develop funding, help to intervene in some cases," Godfrey says. The website of the new non-profit patient organization includes testimonials as well as news on insurance runarounds and abuse.

"If Congress is going to reform healthcare, they need to understand the problem. This is not a political issue. It's an issue about people, profits and proper oversight like with the banks," says Godfrey, a controller for a group of real estate ho
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