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Dying Man’s New Insurer Won’t Cover Transplant


Dan Pelle/Spokesman-Review

LiAnne Watley gets a reassuring touch from her attorney Brian Sheldon as she wipes her eyes when talking about the poor health of her husband, Fred Watley.

Item: Dying man’s new insurer won’t cover a liver transplant/John Stucke, Spokesman-Review

More Info: Fred Watley is missing his chance for a liver transplant. A new organ may have helped the 59-year-old substance abuse counselor steer more teens away from drugs and booze; may have helped him raise his 10-year-old son into a young man; may have helped him grow old with LiAnne, his wife of 11 years. None of that is likely. Just as Watley’s liver ailments turned critical and his name near the top of the waiting list, his employer was finishing negotiations with a new health insurance carrier that included a coverage catch: a six-month exclusion for organ transplants that began Jan. 1.

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