Cassandra has had a very rough year. Sadly, her mom recently passed away. As a result, Cassandra is a little bit lost in her daily communications with her dad. In addition, somehow in the mix of grief and family reorganization, Cassandra’s Medi-Cal coverage has lapsed. The timing of the lapse of medical coverage could not be worse. Fifteen year-old Cassandra took an elbow to the mouth while playing soccer and broke a tooth in half. Two guardian angels, in the form of Young & Healthy volunteer dentists, came to her rescue. Dr. Shinto initially stabilized her tooth with a “tooth split” and then Dr. McAndrews surgically removed the tooth. Understanding the plight of this young lady, Dr. Shinto continues to care for Cassandra, providing a partial denture in order to hide the missing tooth. Young & Healthy is blessed to have such good humans among us.
When a pay raise can hurt you
Most of us welcome a pay raise! Unfortunately for Tasha, the slight increase in her family income disqualified them from receiving Medi-Cal. The timing could not have been worse. Tasha was seven days away from a surgery for uterine cancer.
Luckily, she came to Young & Healthy, where Sam investigated her options. With much diligence, Sam enrolled her in a new Covered California plan that allowed her to keep her original doctor and hospital. In just under a month she was reinsured and had her surgery.
We wish Tasha the best in her cancer treatment and are happy we could help her worry about one less thing.
Lance headed to the emergency room when his jaw was broken. Luckily he was able to obtain emergency Medi-Cal, which allowed him to have emergency surgery to have his jaw realigned and wired shut for healing.
With time, healing began and soon it was time to have the wiring removed. However, there was a problem in that the second surgery was not necessarily considered an “emergency” and it was unlikely that his emergency Medi-Cal would cover the cost. Even if Medi-Cal were convinced, it would be nearly impossible to find a plastic surgeon willing to accept that form of insurance.
Imagine being a senior in high school, a time when most kids prefer to be invisible, and you are trapped–literally!
Young & Healthy never fears a challenge, the referral team reached out to the original on-call doctor in the emergency room, who is not one of our regular volunteers, and simply asked him to do just that–VOLUNTEER! He agreed and the hospital donated the surgical suite, anesthesia and recovery.
Sometimes “just asking” is the most powerful tool we have. We are grateful to the big hearts who said yes to jump-starting Lance’s chance for recovery!
Insurance Comes Just in Time
Steve is a senior in high school and has been one of the “lucky ones”. Steve and his brothers have been provided a medical home with one of our volunteer doctors since 2010. His pediatrician recently diagnosed an eye problem that required the service of another volunteer doctor, an ophthalmologist. He has a serious bacterial infection in his eyes and has now been linked to the USC Eye Clinic for ongoing care.
In addition, the Young & Healthy insurance team has worked diligently to get Steve full-scope MediCal. With that, his care should continue uninterrupted. This insurance comes just in time, as he will “age out” of many other services when he turns 18. Young & Healthy is glad to be able to make his transition to adulthood a little easier.
I know I wasn’t this brave at 17
Poor, sweet Celine was crying in class. Her compassionate teacher reached out to Young & Healthy to get her help with her increasing dental pain. Her oral health needs are only a part of this 17-year-old’s story.
Celine travelled from South America to find the one relative she thought she could count on. She did this alone. Her slightly older brother is doing everything he can to support her, but this requires long hours as a day laborer. He gets no sick leave or days off. When it came to getting Celine to a dentist, it was the Young & Healthy staff who stepped in to provide transportation and translation. With the help of several volunteer dentists and an oral surgeon, Celine is now on her way to being pain free.
Would you have been brave enough to do what Celine has done? Young & Healthy is happy to have provided a bit of support along her way.