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Published on April 08, 2016

Community Care Program Helps Patient Focus on Healing

When Michael Brachmann came to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in June 2015, he was newly diagnosed with esophageal cancer. His tumor was blocking his stomach and he needed a feeding tube as a result. Unfortunately, his new health insurance was not going to cover his medical expenses because his symptoms began before he was insured.

“I was stuck with a health plan that wasn’t going to help me. Thankfully I met with Sharon Young, a financial advocate at Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial, and she held my hand through the complicated process of canceling that plan and finding me a better one,” said Brachmann.

“I assisted Michael with enrollment into an affordable health plan that does not have a pre-existing clause and would cover his services going forward. I was also able to help him connect with the Elmbrook Memorial Foundation to cover his prescription and feeding tube costs in the meantime and enroll him in our Community Care program to pay for the rest of his out-of-pocket costs,” said Young.

Community Care is Wheaton’s financial assistance program that assists qualified individuals in financial need to pay for medically necessary health care services at Wheaton facilities.

Brachmann, who is self-employed, had been unable to work due to a back injury when the cancer symptoms began.

“I can’t even tell you what the financial help has meant to me. The care I’ve received at Wheaton has just been the best. Everyone has been so caring and helpful,” shared Brachmann.

“I still have a ways to go on my journey of battling cancer and getting better, but being able to focus on healing and not to mounting medical bills has been a true blessing. I am so grateful,” he added.

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