Alberta mother’s battle puts spotlight on First Nations medical care rejections – CBC

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Alberta mother’s battle puts spotlight on First Nations medical care rejections – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 2016295 Views

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An Alberta mother is challenging the federal government over its refusal to pay for her daughter’s medical care.

Stacey Shiner lives outside Calgary. Her daughter Kennedy is a member of the Sucker Creek First Nation. Kennedy has braces to correct a severe overbite and molars which were growing in sideways. The condition once left her suffering headaches and persistent discomfort.

“I couldn’t really smile straight so I would never smile,” Kennedy said.

Shiner applied to have her daughter’s treatment covered by the federal government’s Non-Insured Health Benefits Program, a program aimed at ensuring that First Nations and Inuit people receive medical care comparable to other Canadians.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mother-fights-for-daughter-medical-1.3456562

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