The article "Teen battling cancer awaits Utah Medicaid expansion" in the Jan. 15 Tribune is another example of the paltry state of health care in the U.S. and Utah specifically.
Every day insurance companies deny critical care to those who are insured. My sister died of breast cancer after being denied a new, more expensive chemotherapy that was developed specifically to treat her form of cancer.
Joshua Kahn, the teen in the article, was cut off from Medicaid, halting his treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma, a highly treatable form of cancer, because he didn't "qualify" for Medicaid in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert refuses to accept federal support to expand Medicaid, which would allow Kahn to get the treatment he needs. How many Utahns will die because of this?