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Albuquerque woman with multiple sclerosis loses disability benefits

Ryan Laughlin
December 09, 2018 08:42 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque woman diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is having her health benefits taken away.

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"I cried. I cried and I called my mom and was just like, ‘what do I do?’," said Taylor Coffman.

She is a hair stylist by trade but since she can no longer stand for extended periods of time, she was put on disability.

However, she said the state took away her disability money because they determined she’s no longer sick enough to qualify for benefits. Coffman does not agree.

"And I'm like, wait, what? This is really bad,” she said.

Coffman said someone made a mistake and it needs to be corrected ASAP.

"I'm terrified. My parents, they bent over backward and split the cost of my bills this month. I can't do that again next month," she said.

Coffman said she understands the need for re-evaluation for disability benefits but believes that this time the system failed her.

"Even despite my efforts to keep my payments and my Medicare, they just completely ignored me," Coffman said.

She said she wanted to buy her son some new books for Christmas this year but that may not be possible.

"Thank goodness I have a big family and he has grandparents and stuff because momma's got nothing as far as gifts this year. Nothing," Coffman said.

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