When a family suffers a miscarriage, it is one of the most painful things they will ever experience.
There are lot of things people think about when a miscarriage happens: telling the people you love, giving away your baby items, and grieving for the life that was lost.
But Janie Faville of Kansas City, Missouri recently shared another painful secret people rarely speak about.
Janie suffered a miscarriage, which comes with many doctors appointments. If you don't have insurance, it can cost you upwards of $5500.
Janie's argument is in favor of Planned Parenthood, saying women need access to affordable medical care for situations out of their control. Even though her insurance covered about 75% of her medical costs, she still had to pay $1300 out of pocket.
“I had a missed miscarriage (or a missed abortion in medical terms), meaning that it wasn’t at all like the movies,” she told The Huffington Post. “I had been experiencing very minimal bleeding that we were monitoring and no cramping to speak of.”
“One of the first things that I remember saying to my husband after the sonogram tech left the room was that I knew they would give us the choice between a D&C and going home and letting my body take over,” she recalled. “I told him that there was no way that I could just go home and wait for the inevitable to happen.”
Janie says she was lucky to have insurance, but that others shouldn't have to be deterred because of their limited resources.
“While it was salt in the wound for me, I began thinking about women who are not fortunate enough to have sufficient insurance coverage through their employer and what thousands of dollars of medical debt could do for someone without a safety net ― all of this in addition to the devastating loss of a child.”
Janie Faville is encouraging people to speak up about their experiences and fight for Planned Parenthood funding.
Do you agree that funding should be in place so women do not have to pay for necessary medical procedures out of pocket? Let us know!