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Changed Name Blocks Treatment

A cancer patient is having trouble getting treatment because of a name change he says he knew nothing about, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Brett Pillar, who has recurrent non-Hodgkins lymphoma, discovered only recently that his mother had changed his last name while he was a child but never told  him.
To get his Medicaid treatment, he needs a government-issued picture ID that matches his health insurance information. But he can't get it without a name change, which raises many legal complications.

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