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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Man Without Insurance Enlists In Army To Save Wife's Life

By October 21, 2009

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Bill Caudle, a 39 year old Wisconsin man, recently enlisted in the Army out of a desperate need to obtain health insurance for his family. His wife, Amy, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, and has needed surgery and chemotherapy in the years following.

Bill lost his job of 30 years in March, and by May he was desperate to obtain affordable insurance coverage.  When his job search didn't pay off, he did the nearly unthinkable, he enlisted in the Army.

Originally assigned to a base halfway across the country, Bill was thrilled to find out that he would be much closer to his family than planned, but he would still be hundreds of miles from his family while his wife continued chemotherapy.

While there is a media frenzy around their story, the Caudle's are not activists and have no desire to become poster children for healthcare reform.  Right now, they are just looking forward to Bill's graduation from basic training and hoping that Amy will be healthy enough to attend.  

As for Amy, she is now receiving the treatment that doctors recommended for her, which is chemotherapy for now.  Their health insurance became effective when Bill reported for basic training.  

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November 8, 2009 at 5:51 am
(1) Tom W says:

Something doesn’t seem right here–what kind of job could he have been working since he was 9 years old?

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