Linda Rolain passed away at her Las Vegas home on Monday after the Nevada resident but the Obamacare enrolleee died needlessly. Rolain’s family had joined two lawsuits against the State of Nevada and the company that set up its troubled online software, Xerox.
The Nevada resident tried to enroll in the state’s health exchange in November and after numerous issues, finally paid in January for coverage to start in March. But when she went to get treatment, there was no record of her name and she finally received an insurance card in May.
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“I came in, held her hand. I whispered in her ear ‘I love you, I’m gonna be fine,'” Robert Rolain told Action News.
With that, 64-year-old Linda passed away, leaving behind her loving husband of 45 years.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard from Robert Rolain. Back in June, he spoke to Action News along with his attorney, Matt Callister, pleading with the state to get immediate health insurance coverage for Linda and others like her with life-threatening conditions. “She knew she was gonna die. She really knew it,” Robert said.
Doctors said Linda’s life could have been saved, had she gotten the brain surgery she needed six months ago when she was battling Nevada Health Link for coverage. After months of running into problems applying online, Linda finally got a plan and paid premiums every month, but when she went to go use it, her insurance company said they’d never heard of her. By then, it was too late. Linda spent her last four days on this earth in a coma.
“It’s hard, knowing she could have lived a little longer anyway,” Robert said.
Now Robert’s one reason to keep going is to keep fighting Linda’s fight. He doesn’t want one more person to go through the pain his family has suffered. “Even though they tell you you’ve got insurance, call the insurance company. Make sure you’re covered, because chances are you’re not going to be in their computers,” he said.
Robert is getting help from his attorney, Callister, who in addition to a class action suit, is suing the state. Callister is asking for the Health Exchange to get immediate coverage for those who can’t wait until the next open enrollment period, many of whom, like Linda, have been trying but failing for months.