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Decatur woman falls through cracks trying to get insurance

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Laura Hysmith has Arterial Fibrilation, or "A-Fib." 

She had one heart attack two years ago, and now her health is declining.

"I cannot get insurance. I have been denied for Medicaid... due to my age and not having a child in my care under 17 that lives with me," Hysmith said. "I don't qualify for Obamacare. I've been going through this heart issue 12 years now. I have spells where my A-Fib picks up and I have to go back to the emergency room and I just can't get any help."  

Hysmith said the medication she takes is no longer effective. A new medicine, called Carzon, would cost her $143 out-of-pocket.

As a result, she is taking nothing. 

"I'm hoping to raise enough money to do the heart ablation through UAB at the Kirkland Clinic. I have a GoFundMe page out there, and I'm looking for donations to help in the costs."

The procedure is used to scar small areas in the heart, treating heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation.

The National Institutes of Health indicates it  can prevent the abnormal electrical signals or rhythms from moving through the heart. 

"My last episode in September, where I spent two days in ICU, I was working two jobs. I was working as a substitute custodian/teacher for Decatur City Schools and working Hardee's at night," said Hysmith. "Once I had the issue in September that I had, and ended up in ICU for two days, I had to choose between substituting and working at Hardee's."

And there are days where she says she can't work at all.  So what about disability? 

"I've checked into that. But because I'm still working, I can't apply for my disability," she said.

For this patient and all of her issues, she feels like she is in between a rock and a hard place.

If you have suggestions for Laura or are interested in contacting her regarding her GoFundMe, you can click here to send her an email.

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