18 December 2010

Kenz serial killer's latest victim was on the street because she had no health insurance

From today's Daily News, regarding the Kensington serial killer's latest victim, Casey Mahoney, focuses on how it's "eerie" that Mahoney (like everybody else on social networking websites) filled out a quiz recently that asked, among other things, how she'd prefer to die. But there's another, far more important and "eerie" fact buried in the article:
Mahoney graduated from high school in North Carolina, according to her MySpace page, and previously lived in New York City. She first came to Philadelphia to attend a drug-rehab clinic, Mahoney's mother-in-law told CBS3 yesterday, but she was forced to leave because of a lack of insurance. She went home to enter another clinic, but left after just a week and returned to Philadelphia this week[.]
Mahoney leaves behind a toddler. If drug-control enforcement money were focused on the right things -- treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and work placement, as well as investigating and prosecuting reported sex crimes and violence on the Ave, rather than serially arresting and imprisoning the women -- then Mahoney's toddler might still have a mom today.

In another article, a 30-year-old local man is quoted, addressing the police theory that the strangler is a customer who contracted HIV from a prostitute and is exacting revenge:
He got burnt. Do you know what that means? It means he was with a hooker and she gave him a disease. [ ... ] He's going after as many white hookers as he can. Put yourself in his shoes, do you blame him?
How many other residents have this attitude? How many cops?


deeney said...

Re: the insurance piece, Medicaid is administered county to county so if she has a permanent East Stroudsburg address she wouldn't be eligible for ongoing addiction treatment funding in Philadelphia county, only Monroe county. That situation could be easily rectified by a social worker referring her to a recovery house in Philadelphia that she could use for an address with the welfare department, but it's unlikely that she had any advocacy. It's not possible to know for sure without seeing the intake paperwork from the facility she visited, but I think it was more of welfare department bureaucracy problem than a lack of funding problem.

Glomarization said...

Thanks for the clarification -- and the privilege check, because I've never had to go on Medicaid. The only major Medicaid issue I'm aware of is the Hyde Amendment and its implications.