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Ailing N.B. woman sues province, insurer over disability benefits

June 15, 2004
Broadcast News

A Fredericton woman says Blue Cross of Atlantic Canada is pocketing money that is meant for the children of the disabled.

Sharon McKeen has launched a lawsuit against the insurer and the New Brunswick government.

McKeen, a 44-year-old mother of three, is on long-term disability from the provincial civil service because of multiple sclerosis.

Blue Cross administers her provincial benefits plan, but deducts the CP disability child benefit from her monthly payment.

She says the two-year battle is taking its toll on her health and has left the family on the brink of bankruptcy.

The provincial government refused comment.

A statement of defence has yet to be filed.

Randy Dickinson of the Premier's Council on the Status of the Disabled says the province shouldn't be clawing the money back.

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