My brother has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, and is currently in the ICU. What we know is that he's not going to die tonight. He's got some life left in him. They're not sure about the precise form yet, that will take some time.
But in the meantime, we have a problem: he's 31, recently unemployed, and uninsured. My family is far from being able to afford out of pocket health costs. And from all the doctors, drugs, machines he's been hooked up to in the past 10 hours, I know the bill is already creeping into the many tens of thousands of dollars.
So my question to MeFites is: what are our options? How do we pay for this? We have very few assets, although I'm sure we'd sell the family home to keep my brother alive for a few more years. But apart from that, we've got nothing substantial. (I'm a graduate student, and my mother is a self-employed seamstress. My father is unemployed). Are there any gov't programs available? Can he go on Medicaid? Etc. I'm having trouble finding hard info on people in his particular situation (not a minor, not elderly, and diagnosed with cancer). Help!
posted by dis_integration
on Jul 31, 2013 -
How can a family who's child has Leukemia collect money, and give tax deductions to donors? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch
on May 5, 2011 -
My mother's just been diagnosed with "Philadelphia positive bilineal acute leukemia" and the internet is scaring the crap out of me. I'm hoping the hive mind can help me find the good news, understand the bad news and filter the ugly. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl
on Mar 28, 2011 -
It's my sister vs. leukemia, and leukemia, it seems, may win. Muddled questions from a muddled brain inside. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington
on Aug 24, 2010 -
It looks like my leukemia may have returned (AML) and my doctor said earlier that if this happened, I'm looking at a bone marrow transplant. Any experience?
24, female, otherwise healthy (you know, besides the cancer). [more inside]
posted by litterateur
on Jun 17, 2009 -
Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl
on Apr 17, 2009 -
Childhood A.L.L. Luekemia
My 2 year old niece was just diagnosed with this today and we are scouring the internet trying to find out all that we possibly can. She starts CHEMO tomorrow. Any personal experience or ideas of informative websites would be appreciated. Not generic websites but detailed and resourceful sites. [more inside]
posted by slowtree
on Jul 15, 2008 -