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Success Stories

Community Health Advocates has been helping people access health care for over 10 years. During this time, our agencies have many success stories that we are proud to share. Below are just a few of our many Community Health Advocates success stories.

Megan Schley

In the fall of 2010, Megan Schley was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She had recently graduated from college and did not have health insurance at the time.  Her family was forced to pay more than $6,000 out-of-pocket for many expensive tests.  CHA told the family that under the ACA, Megan would be able to enroll in her father’s health plan starting in January.  The family no longer loses sleep over the thought of having to refinance the house to pay for Megan’s care.

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Being There when Needed Most

Victor Hill, 42 years old and homeless, had his backpack stolen in NYC after being discharged from a New Jersey State Mental Facility. His backpack had the prescriptions for his despression medication that he knew was extremely important to take regularly. Victor went to several hospitals in Manhattan to try to get a new prescription written, but the doctors there said they couldn’t prescribe him anything. After two weeks with no success, Victor finally got the contact information for Community Health Advocates from a person at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

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Helping a Deaf Child Hear

Eight year-old Keyla was born deaf and has a Cochlear implant that enables her to hear. Last year, she began having sporadic hearing loss and lost her balance during playtime at school. As it turned out, these problems were caused by a hearing aid malfunction.

Keyla’s mother Yeni, who speaks only Spanish, contacted the manufacturer and requested a replacement part. The company sent her a stack of paperwork, all written in English. They also sent a bill for $2,500, saying she would have to extend the device’s warranty before they would fix the problem.

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Fighting Cancer and Fending Off Collections

After being diagnosed with leukemia, Tracy first cut back his working hours, and eventually had to stop working all together. When he lost his health insurance, Tracy applied for Medicaid. Tracy’s doctor soon informed him that he would need a bone marrow transplant, and Tracy and his wife Anita went to the hospital to begin the required tests and procedures.

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Ensuring Access to Life-Saving Drugs

Vanessa Perkins knows the value of having an advocate. As a life-long New Yorker and activist, she speaks out for the causes close to her heart, such as children with special needs. With Vanessa, you know you’re in the presence of someone who gets things done.

But when Vanessa was facing her own challenges in accessing health care, she turned to CHA. “People think it’s degrading to ask for the help they’re entitled to, and that has to change. It’s empowering. CSS gave me the strength to tackle this situation.”

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