A Lincoln woman battling stage four kidney cancer suffers another setback, but this one is not due to the aggressive disease but her
Cathy Martinez recently found out her insurance will no longer cover one of her expensive drugs despite her doctor's recommendations she
continue the medications.
Three years ago, Martinez didn't think she'd be around for the birth of her first granddaughter, her son with autism graduate from high school, or run her home day care. An aggressive form of cancer was trying to kill her.
But through prayers, help from family and friends and a Nebraska Cancer Specialist doctor in Omaha, who put her on a drug called Keytruda, Martinez got better.
"It's taken a lot to get me to the point where I'm stable, and I can lead a productive life and be a contributing member of society," Martinez said.
But she's not cancer free yet. And that's why the 52-year-old was devastated when she got a
notice on June 12 from her insurance provider Medica that it would no longer cover the medication. Martinez said it costs about $28,000 every three weeks.