Thursday, July 26, 2012

3 hospitals wipe out, limit medical bills for Colorado theater shooting victims


DENVER - Some of the victims fighting for their lives after being wounded in the movie theater shooting rampage may face another challenge when they get out of the hospital: enormous medical bills without the benefit of health insurance.

Members of the public, along with Warner Bros., the studio that released the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," have contributed nearly $2 million to help victims, though it's not clear how much of that will cover medical expenses. One family is raising money on its own online.

And three of the five hospitals that treated victims said Wednesday they will limit or completely wipe out medical bills.

Some of the victims, however, still face a long recovery ahead and the associated medical costs — without health insurance. There's no exact count of how many of them don't have insurance but statistics suggest many of them might not be covered.

Nearly one in three Coloradans, or about 1.5 million, either have no health insurance or have coverage that is inadequate, according to a 2011 report by The Colorado Trust, a health care advocacy group.

The highest uninsured rate was among adults between 18 and 34 and many of those injured in the shootings are in that age group.

State officials said they are not sure whether any of the victims qualify for emergency Medicaid assistance available to needy patients. Victims could also get financial assistance from a state program that helps people hurt during crimes, including lost wages and counselling.

Among the uninsured victims of the movie theater attack is a 23-year-old aspiring comic, Caleb Medley, who is in critical condition with a head wound and whose wife, Katie, gave birth to their first child, Hugo, on Tuesday.

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I pay 500 a month for a basic hospital plan maybe the joker should have opened fire in the doctors break room instead of theater.

Doctors pay nothing as they treat other doctors families free.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Barry Obama could divert some of those $Millions he is getting from his pals on Wall Street to help these folks out. Don't wait for that to happen. He doesn't even give two shits about the people who have lost their jobs and homes due to his mismangement and friendship to the crooked bastards who caused this mess. There were plenty of chances in the last four years to straighten out this mess but the Prez wouldn't go against the Big Banks and Wall Street who would rather sit on their $Trillions and let the rest of us go fuck ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Obamacare will take care of the bill folks. Don't hold your breath.

Dec 21, 2012 or beyond said...

One retired cop with a two inch wheel gun right under the back of his helmet. Open the windows to air out the gas and pass out the free tickets and tend a few wounded, maybe?

Don't forget to save what ever he had between his dyed orange hair and find out what he was trying to think with?

Build jails and cemeteries or schools the teach. the children to be Real Americans.

Anonymous said...

Obviously the situation in Colorado is unique and not a normal health issues, but it sounds like the hospitals are cutting most if not all costs and these folks should make good money on the lawsuits.

Of course the liberal media has to push thier healthcare for all socialist plan during this tradegy. Why is it someone else's fault if a young person decides not to buy health insurance to save money? Under Obamacare, health care costs is increasing dramatically for all and quality of care is dropping dramatically. When did the US turn in to Russia?

Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate that they were'nt all Chicago gangbangers, then when you get shot all treatment is "Free"

Anonymous said...

Bullshit political pandering to the welfare masses to support the socialist agenda of the Usurper in Chief.

Anonymous said...

A charity event.Put the Joker in a stockade and charge people a Grand per kick in the nuts.There would be a line for miles.

Anonymous said...

But every thug in Chicago that gets shotted gets top notch care for free every time dey gets shotted up.

I Voted For Obama said...

The hospitals should be applauded for their actions.

Out of the car Motherfucker!!! said...

If the victims can prove they are ilegal, or have family OR EVEN say the Know an ilegal Sen."Ricardo" Dick Durbin will be glad to hand out taxpayer money for the medical bills!!!! If they are American citizens They are fucked!!! Vote out these fuckhead Democrats!!! or face more of the same bullshit!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What about Obama care????

Anonymous said...

"A charity event.Put the Joker in a stockade and charge people a Grand per kick in the nuts.There would be a line for miles".

July 26, 2012 11:11 AM

Forget the Joker. put the shooter in the Stockade!!!

Anonymous said...

The shooter refers to himself as the joker

Anonymous said...

Fuck that.if it were a movie show aka ford city(rip.ruined by Niggers) and full of gang banging Niggers and this nutbag killed every one of them i would celebrate.

Anonymous said...

Sue the theater for creating a victim zone and not defending t against attack. You don't have 2 b a genius 2 realize crooks can come in the back door, so u better have guards there too.

Anonymous said...

Obama will pay for all the black victims with federal money.

christine said...

The Colorado shooting is such a disaster. We all pray for those who were injured and killed in the shooting.