Getting Needed Medical Services
Teenager Laura Mendoza de Ramirez needed urgent medical care during her pregnancy. Her baby was at high risk with a diagnosis of intra-uterine growth retardation. Because of bureaucratic red tape, Laura’s Medicaid application was rejected. Through the help of CNPLS, Laura got her Medicaid coverage and received urgent obstetric care. She delivered a healthy baby boy.
Citizenship–A Dream Come True
Ana Herrero de Roces: At 90 years of age, Ana could no longer hear but always dreamt of spending her last years as an American citizen. CNPLS worked in conjunction with the Portland-based International Refugee Center of Oregon to get Ana a special naturalization interview that took into account her age, limited English and her disability. By the strength of her personality, determination and pluck, Mrs. Herrero passed her INS exam and joined her children, grand children and great-grandchildren in sharing a common American citizenship.
Abandoned by Daughter
A local woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease was abandoned in a Medford nursing home. The woman’s daughter placed her in the nursing home while she vacationed in Hawaii. Upon her return from vacation she decided to extend her mother’s stay at the facility indefinitely writing two bad checks that exceeded $10,000 to cover the cost of her care. The woman was facing eviction (something the facility wanted to avoid) when the Medford Police Department was contacted. The Jackson County Public Guardian Program run by CNPLS is now responsible for her. The daughter and her husband were jailed in July facing a list of charges including aggravated theft and criminal mistreatment, and the possibility of additional charges of fraud involving Social Security funds.