ISSUE DATE: 11/30/2009
By Jennifer Bremer
For Pat DeJong, life on her family's northwest Montana ranch was wonderful--a great place to raise a family and a great place to enjoy life--but when medical bills piled up, the ranch had to be sold.
DeJong's late husband, Dan, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000. After five years of medical debt, they had to make the heartbreaking decision to sell their family's fourth generation ranch. Because of the high cost of health insurance, they had none.
"Dan was very ill when we left the ranch in 2005. It was an extremely difficult decision for us," she said.
Dan died in 2006 with all of his medical bills paid but no land to pass on to his family.
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