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The Latest: US worker gets insurance relief amid shutdown

January 18, 2019
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This Jan. 11, 2019 self-portrait provided by Jasmine Tool shows herself at her home in Lakeview, Ore. Tool, an ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon, says she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown. Tool is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. (Jasmine Tool via AP)
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This Jan. 11, 2019 self-portrait provided by Jasmine Tool shows herself at her home in Lakeview, Ore. Tool, an ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon, says she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown. Tool is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. (Jasmine Tool via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the ill federal worker in Oregon (all times local):

11 a.m.

An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and couldn’t reach her employer during the government shutdown says she’s been told her lapsed insurance will be reinstated.

Jasmine Tool says she only has enough of the formula that she gets through a feeding tube to last through Friday.

The 30-year-old says she’d been unable to learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or how to get it back because the shutdown meant no one was answering her calls.

Tool said Friday that her regional Fish and Wildlife Service office told her that her insurance will be reinstated Monday.

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12 a.m.

An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon says she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown.

Jasmine Tool is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. She said Thursday that she only has enough of the formula that she gets through a feeding tube to last through Friday.

Tool’s situation is unusual. The U.S. government has said employees with active insurance will not experience lapses during the shutdown.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon pointed to Tool’s plight to call for an end to the four-week-long shutdown.

Tool has a brain tumor and a paralyzed stomach from a condition called gastroparesis.

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This Jan. 11, 2019 self-portrait provided by Jasmine Tool shows herself at her home in Lakeview, Ore. Tool, an ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon, says she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown. Tool is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. (Jasmine Tool via AP)