Note: Please feel free to post your comments about Jacques – he helped many people with their claims – Alan
In Memory of Jacques Chambers—Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief
On January 11, 2016, we lost a friend, colleague and long-time contributor to the HCV Advocate—Jacques Chambers. Jacques died after a brief illness.
Jacques started as a volunteer with HCV Advocate. Soon thereafter he joined us as a regular columnist with the HCV Advocate Website for over 13 years.
Jacques wrote about disability, insurance issues, discrimination, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and just about anything we would ask him to write. His command of the issues was extraordinary. If he did not quite understand an issue, he would research it, and if Jacques felt that he could write it, he would cover it in depth.
Jacques also had a big heart, a lot of compassion and patience. We would get emails from people all over the country, and he would patiently answer all of their questions. Not only would Jacques receive emails about hepatitis C he would receive emails from people with other diseases and conditions. Jacques was always there to answer their questions. Some emails were so confrontational and rude that I would advise him to ignore if he should so choose. Jacques, however, took his time to answer even these emails with his usual grace and expert knowledge.
I always learned from his articles. He was a superb writer. He also had an excellent sense of humor. I remember once after reviewing one of his articles, I sent it back to him and commented that I always learned something from reading one his articles. The next day he sent his invoice and he wrote: “ learning ain’t cheap.”
Jacques lived a wonderful life full of service. He helped so many people, and we should celebrate all that he accomplished during his long life.
APLA posted a moving tribute to Jacques at:
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