Changed Name Blocks Treatment

May 23, 2014

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.