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Local Vet Facing Cancer Told To Wait For Treatment

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 08:19 PM CDT

Veterans from Desert Storm never expected to find themselves doing battle at home to get needed health care. After a year of hoarseness, Donald Gideon's Veterans Administration doctors discovered polyps on his voice box that could silence him for life. 

Gideon says, "Then they turned around and said I won't have surgery until August 5. I thought that was too late because if the polyps are there, it could possibly be cancer." 

Losing his voice would also mean he couldn't command his service dog. 

The VA suggested if Gideon wanted treatment faster he should look at the private sector. 

But he countered, "I told them I really can't afford it because the only insurance I have is through VA and I'm up high in medical bills already."

We brought Mr. Gideon's dilemma to Central Health, Travis County's public health care district. They suggested he contact their health care navigation center. By answering a few questions they could determine if he qualifies for the county's Medical Assistance Plan, perhaps a state plan or help from one of their partners.

If you're in the same situation, contact Central Health's health care navigators' call center by dialing 512-978-8130.

By Fred Cantu

Local Vet Facing Cancer Told To Wait For Treatment


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