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Cancer patient worried about Parkview-Anthem contract negotiations

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- One Fort Wayne woman says she is worried about what will happen if Parkview Hospital and Anthem Insurance do not reach an agreement.

"It's going to be starting all over at square one again and you know it already is affecting me," Debbie Wells said.

Wells said for most of her life she felt pretty healthy, that was not until she went into Parkview Randallia in January.

"January they scheduled me for a colonoscopy and they found a mass and they found a polyp they biopsied it and I was diagnosed with colon cancer," Wells said.

Wells began radiation treatment at Parkview which ended in June. She said she started chemotherapy just last week.

"Parkview's been wonderful..they're a good team and I feel comfortable with them," Wells said.

Now she does not know if she will be able to continue her care at Parkview. The hospital and Anthem Insurance have yet to reach an agreement on a deal. The current deal expires Wednesday.

"Its sad it really is. It's about the people we all need care we all need insurance we all need doctors…it's going to affect a lot of people," Wells said.

She said if she doesn't have insurance she won't be able to afford care at Parkview and she still has 12 more sessions of chemotherapy.

"I'm going to be living day to day with finances..paying my bills and being able to take care of all of this too..it's going to affect me a lot," Wells said.

She said all she can do now is pray for a miracle.

"I take it day to day and God's got me this far that's all I can do is pray that I make it through it," Wells said.

On Anthem of Indiana's website, it states that patients may be able to continue to receive care at a facility even after the facility leaves the plan's network.

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