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Willamina woman's 5-year-old son undergoes hernia surgery By George Robertson Editor, The Sun Cathy Taylor, a Wiilamina mother who won a lengthy battle last week to have her son's hernia surgery Covered under the Oregon Health Plan, says she won't give up fighting until all medical procedures for children are part of the insurance plan. William Maley, her 5-year-old state but it was delayed until after the Oregon Health Plan took effect Feb. 1. But under the new plan the surgery fell below the list of 565 treatments approved by the legisla- ture. The surgery costs about $3,000, Taylor said. "It would cost more if we waited until it was an emer- gency," she said. William appeared in good health Son, underwent hernia surgery last last Thursday as he played at the Friday in McMinnville Community Sheridan city park. "He needs, to be Hospital. The surgery capped a careful climbing anything, his f0ur-month battle by his mother that mother said. nded when Sen. Stan Bunn, R- "I'm very happy with the out- /ewberg, got involved, come," Taylor said. "But I want all With Bunn's help, Taylor con- children to have unlimited medical Vinced the Oregon Health Commis- coverage so anything wrong will be Sion to move the hernia surgery taken care of." = ve the cutoff line under the Oregon Health Plan. Taylor criticized the Oregon 'I ' . Health Plan for expanding medical t s now above the hne for every- care to adults, citing dental coverage | one 18 years old and under," Taylor this I d. "I'm pleased that he's covered as an example. She said the addi- Lson ll t I'm not pleased with the rest of tional coverage has come at the [the Oregon Health Plan. I feel :lab |hildren should get health care with .Ck/ 0 restrictions.'' -on | llaylor, who undertook an exten- I ive letter writing campaign to ,lop :| spapers as part of her fight, said um'rl Unn told her a Grants Pass boy nt to a similar problem had surgery 4sot1 er the Oregon Health Plan. ft.],/ aylor said she has found out that problems common for boys. A 3-year-old boy in )ta*,,' d Ronde, she noted, has the problems as her son. ac L lronically' Taylor son's originally authorized surgery by the expense of the elderly and children. The Oregon Health Plan added 120,000 state residents to the state- funded insurance plan. Many of them, like Taylor and her son, are on welfare. Taylor said she was treated poorly by some health care providers in the past few months because she is on welfare. But she said she has had three back surgeries and suffers from asthma and chronic bronchitis and is unable to work. Her boy- friend, James Maley, suffers from migraine headaches, she said, and has not been able to work for the past two years. Cathy Taylor holds her 5-year-old son, William Maley, before his hernia surgery last week.--Photo by George Robertson. The family lives in a one- bedroom house in Willamina and receives $460 per month in welfare payments plus food stamps. Taylor said they live frugally, without enough money to pay the bills every month. She obtained a $5 gasoline voucher from the Sheridan Information and Referral Center last week to drive her son to the hospi- tal. Her battle to get her son's surgery covered under the Oregon Health Plan has added to their debt, Taylor said. For example, their telephone bill for the past two months totaled $486 and the phone is now restricted to local calls. "We owe three months on the cable TV and I'm afraid they are going to turn it off," she said. "Right now I'm out of food stamps and out of money," Taylor said. "It's been this way for two years." Taylor said she would gladly accept donations to help her family. "Any kind of help will help immensely," she said. Wednesday, June 22, 1994, The Sun 11 New councilor ' needs nameplate Willamina's new city councilor, Dan Go[f, has learned first-hand that the wheels of government sometimes grind slowly. Although he was sworn into office a month ago, he still doesn't have a nameplate in front of his seat on the council table. At least someone made up a temporary nameplate out of paper that explained the situation. It reads: "This is Dan Goff. His nameplate isn't ready yet." Am Snow Mack Theater I 504 E. ]rfl McHinmdlle - 4~1-~18 ] l~rrAR'r8 FRIDAY," .... | WHITE FANG 2 12:10 4:45 i=G ENDLESS SUMMER II 2:25 7:00 PG I SCHINDLER S LIST 9:15 R I Matinees EverY Day. I i i= |, -i all annual, bedding & vegetable plants Limited to stock on hand. BERGER'S NURSERY 8980 Red Prairie Road Sheridan 843-3397 Tues.-Sat. 9- 6, Sunday 10-5, closed Men. 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