Apex son suffering from addiction died after receiving $33k in insurance money, mom says

Apex son suffering from addiction died after receiving $33k in insurance money, mom says


STATEMENT EXPLAINING WHY RIGHT NOW ON CBS17.COM. I FEEL LIKE IT’S MORALLY WRONG TO DO THAT, TO SEND PATIENTS THAT ARE VULNERABLE LIKE THAT MONEY. NEW AT 11:00, A WAKE COUNTY MOTHER IS SPEAKING OUT TWO YEARS AFTER HER SON DIED AFTER AN OVERDOSE. HE DIED AFTER GETTING A CHECK FROM AN INSURANCE COMPANY, SOMETHING SHE SAYS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. WHY SHE IS SPEAKING UP NOW. HE WAS BURIED ON TOP OF HIS GRANDMOTHER, HIS ASHES. Reporter: FOR JENNIFER, THIS IS HOW SHE’S REMEMBERING HER SON, JOSEPH HOCKETT, II. THIS IS A HANDWRITING, A LETTER. HE WAS THE CLOSEST PERSON IN MY LIFE. Reporter: SHE SAYS HER SON HAD BATTLES THROUGHOUT LIFE. THIS IS WHEN HIS ADDICTION FIRST STARTED. HE WAS 13. YOU CAN SEE IT IN HIS EYES. Reporter: HE FOUGHT TO STOP HIS ADDICTION. SO MANY LETTERS HE SAID I DON’T WANT THIS. Reporter: IN DECEMBER 2017, HER SON WAS FOUND DEATH. THE CAUSE OF DEATH COCAINE AND HEROIN. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? 16 YEARS OF ADDICTION. JUST ONE SECOND HE’S GONE. Reporter: ALBA SAYS SHE FOUND OUT DAYS BEFORE HER SON HAD DEPOSITED A CHECK OF ABOUT $33,000 FROM BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA. IT WAS OUT OF NETWORK. IT WAS SEVERAL THINGS. IT WAS FROM JANUARY TO JULY. IT WAS FOR A COMBINATION OF THINGS. Reporter: THEN OVER A THREE- DAY SPAN — 8, 29, 8 — Reporter: HE WITHDREW $13,000 BEFORE HE DIED. TO A PARENT SEEING THEIR CHILD SUFFER FOR 16 YEARS, THIS IS ABSURD. HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE THAT MUCH MONEY IN HIS HANDS. $13,000, THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY. I DON’T WHAT ELSE WAS BOUGHT. DEFINITELY DRUGS, YES. Reporter: BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA SAYS THEY CANNOT DISCUSS THE PARTICULARS OF ANY CASE. SHE HOPES TO SEE CHANGE. I FEEL LIKE IF THEY HAD NOT SENT THAT TO HIM, HE WOULD NOT HAVE DIED THAT WEEK. Reporter: BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA OFFICIALS SAY THEY RECOGNIZE HIS DEATH AS A TRAGEDY AND THEY SEND THEIR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. THEY ALSO TOLD US IF A PROVIDER AGREES TO A NEGOTIATED RATE, THEY PAY THEM DIRECTLY. IF THEY REFUSE, THEY PAY THE MEMBER. YOU CAN FIND MORE ABOUT THEIR POLICY, THEIR FULL STATEMENT.

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