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Leukemia Patient Says Insurance Was Canceled Over 26-Cent Payment Shortfall

A New Jersey father who was laid off from his job while battling leukemia had his health insurance benefits canceled after a check sent as payment was mistakenly 26 cents short, his wife said.

Sergio Branco, 33, thought he might be having a heart attack in January when he started experiencing chest pains. The father of two, who also has a stepchild, was driving trucks for a New Jersey-based waste management company when he went to the hospital to get checked out. A bone marrow test confirmed he had acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

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