Ashley Quiñones showed up at the Legal Aid office in Pittsboro, N.C. in desperate need of a good lawyer – and a good kidney. She had received a lung transplant more than 10 years earlier, but her kidney function was deteriorating quickly. In March 2010 her kidney transplant was approved, and all that was left was Medicaid’s agreement to pay. “Every appointment and treatment the doctors requested, all the dialysis, had always been approved,” she said. So Quiñones was stunned when the letter arrived last August informing her that the kidney transplant was denied.
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