Affordable Care Act could give Augusta woman new hope for transplant

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
"I have a 12 year old I need to be here for. I


News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Affordable Care Act can allow those with preexisting conditions to get health insurance.

A local woman who needs a transplant plans to compare her old insurance to what's offered under the Affordable Care Act. "I have a 12 year old I need to be here for. I'm not ready to leave my family," said Arvis Mack.

The 43-year-old is a diabetic with two bad kidneys and desperately needs a new one. "It's hard to move around sometimes. My feet, my legs hurt, and I can't write like I use to. It's also a part of my diabetes."

Mack, who uses a cane daily, now has to come up with thousands for the medicine to make sure her body accepts a transplanted organ. She was shocked to find out she would need $10,000 to get the help needed. Her family is selling dinners and anything else they can to try to raise the funds.

"When I saw that number I thought I might not be able to raise that money. Times are hard, but everybody is chipping in," said Mack.

She joins a list of millions of Americans who, at one time, could have been denied insurance all together because of a preexisting condition. Come January 1st, 2014, The Affordable Care Act eliminates that risk. The new program also allows coverage for kidney transplants.

"We expect those would be covered as long as that person is actually underneath what we would consider a care management program," said Group and Benefits Consultant Russell Head.

Head stresses that it's important for those shopping or comparing their own insurance to the Affordable Care Act to pick the right plan. For some like Mack, it could be a life or death situation.

If you'd like to help Arvis Mack, click this link: You can also reach her at (706) 220-6090.

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