Temple, GA – A rookie police officer who has just been diagnosed with a serious medical issue cannot get treatment because the city failed to enroll him in their health insurance program.
Temple Police Officer Justin Jordan said he was told his new job came with health insurance when he was hired for the Atlanta metropolitan area police force, WXIA reported.
Officer Jordan said he filled out all the proper paperwork to enroll for medical insurance through the City of Temple when he started work in December of 2017.
But somebody goofed, and the paperwork was never submitted to the insurance company.
The Temple city administrator told WXIA that somebody dropped the ball with Officer Jordan’s application and as a result, he does not have coverage.
However, they’re working to correct the mistake.
In the meantime, Officer Jordan is getting sicker without the much-needed medicine to treat his condition.
"All throughout the year, Officer Jordan repeatedly requested his insurance card from the city clerk with the response always being, “let me call the insurance company and find out where it is”. Towards the middle of the year, Officer Jordan began to feel ill and once again requested his insurance card from City Hall. It was at this time they admitted they had dropped the ball and said he wasn’t covered on the cities insurance plan," his friend Amanda Poss wrote on a GoFundMe page she established to help him.
"When Officer Jordan called to check the price of his medication, he was told it would be a total of $84,000 dollars,” Poss added.
"The reason why his health is not getting better is because he can’t get his medicine because they failed. They failed him. He didn’t fail,” Poss said.
Officer Jordan did not reveal the details of his medical condition but said it’s serious and the treatment will be expensive, WXIA reported.
After finding out he hasn’t had health coverage the whole time he’s been on patrol and risking his safety for the city, he feels “exposed.”
“So if I was to be hurt off the job or on the job, it’s going to be up to me to pay everything out of pocket when the city is supposed to have me insured,” Officer Jordan told WXIA.
He said he doesn’t have time to wait for the city to fix its own mistake.
Officer Jordan told WXIA he’s suffering from "a medical condition that if I don’t get medicine pretty soon, then it’s going to cause an organ to fail.”
"This is my health that I’m worried about and my life. So I want to get the ball rolling as quick as possible,” the officer said.