The Struggle of Utah’s Working Poor: Medical Maelstrom PREVIEW (5 p.m.)


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THAT ENDS ON JANUARY 14TH… THE NEW RULE COULD BE IN EFFECT AS EARLY AS JANUARY 22ND OF NEXT YEAR. ***EMILY*** MANY UTAHNS ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK — IN FACT … MANY ARE ONE ACCIDENT OR AN EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT AWAY FROM TOTAL FINANCIAL RUIN. ABC 4 NEWS IS HIGHLIGHTING THESE STORIES IN A NEW FRANCHISE… “THE STRUGGLE OF UTAH’S WORKING POOR.” ABC 4’S ROSIE NGUYEN JOINS US IN STUDIO TO PREVIEW HER SPECIAL REPORT TONIGHT, “MEDICAL MAELSTROM.” GLEN, EMILY — TONIGHT … WE’LL MEET OGGIE AND KAREN HEWERDINE — A COUPLE WHO’S MADE IT OFF THE STREETS OF SALT LAKE CITY … BUT ARE STILL FACING SETBACK AFTER SETBACK. THEY TELL ME THE REASON WHY THEY WERE HOMELESS WAS BECAUSE THEIR SON WAS FIGHTING TERMINAL CANCER. AFTER HE PASSED AWAY … THEY’VE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO TRY AND GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. WITH THE HELP OF FRIENDS FROM THEIR L-D-S WARD … OGGIE GOT A JOB. DETERMINED TO SET HIMSELF UP FOR SUCCESS … HE MADE TO ALWAYS SHOW UP FOR WORK EVEN AS HIS HEALTH WAS DECLINING. Don Savage / Hewerdine Family Friend: “Even major companies that hired him with promises that he would some time be full-time, still only kept him at 20 hours, 30 hours, 35…not enough to qualify for healthcare benefits.” SHORTLY AFTER … OGGIE EXPERIENCED MULTIPLE STROKES AND REFRAINED FROM GETTING MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY. TONIGHT AT 10 — HEAR ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES HIS FAMILY’S HAD TO FACE AS A RESULT OF THEIR MEDICAL MAELSTROM. REPORTING ON THE STRUGGLE OF UTAH’S WORKING POOR, ROSIE NGUYEN, BACK TO YOU — ***EMILY*** STILL AHEAD AT 5–

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