Blue Cross Blue Shield: Henry Young Needs Rehab to Live
  • Petitioned Ted Burke

This petition was delivered to:

VP of Claims Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts
Ted Burke
Director of Claims Operations, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts
Lea Wierzbicki
VP of Claims Management at Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts
Ann McLaughlin

Blue Cross Blue Shield: Henry Young Needs Rehab to Live

    1. Jason Warren
    2. Petition by

      Jason Warren

      Washington, DC

March 2012


After almost 200,000 people signed Jason's petition asking for Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachsuetts to continue coverage of his father Henry's recovery from a heart attack, the family believes the insurer will now continue to cover treatment.

When Jason first learned that his father's insurance company was considering cutting coverage for his rehabilitation - despite doctor recommendations - Jason created a petition urging Blue Cross to reconsider. 

Jason's father, Henry Young, had suffered a severe heart attack in 2011 but was making strides toward regaining his cognitive and motor skills through the help of his doctors at a professional rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts. After Jason recruited thousands of supporters and drew public attention to his father's recovery, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts agreed to continue to cover his father's rehabilitation as long as his doctors feel is necessary to continue his recovery.

In October of 2011, my father Henry Young -- a 62-year-old husband and father of three who was employed with Philips Medical System in Andover, MA -- had a heart attack while in the gym at work. His heart stopped ten times, leaving his brain deprived of oxygen. After being comatose for several weeks, he miraculously awoke one day and began making great strides towards recovery. Currently undergoing rehab at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, he has made enough progress to convince his medical team, family, and friends that with continued rehab he will regain functional motor and cognitive skills.

Despite the critical progress my Dad has made in recent weeks, his insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield will cease coverage of my father's rehab this coming Monday, March 5, 2012. If this happens, my family will be put in the position of choosing to either continue treatment and face financial ruin or give up on our beloved father & husband's recovery process.

Health insurance is supposed to be there when you need it most. It's wrong for Blue Cross Blue Shield to drop coverage when my father's future depends on it. Please take a stand and help us change Blue Cross Blue Shield's mind. Not only is this morally and ethically wrong, this is a travesty of justice! Don't think this couldn't happen to you; be the change you want to see!

Recent signatures


    1. Approved for 1 more week!

      Jason Warren
      Petition Organizer

      BCBS has approved my Dad's stay at the rehab facility for another week! We are grateful for anything at this point. At the end of the week his case manager will have to submit a report on his progress. If he keeps progressing, they should keep approving his stay.

    2. Reached 150,000 signatures
    3. Please go to the following link to see how far my Dad has come!

      Jason Warren
      Petition Organizer

      You can read all the updates I've posted since the day my Dad had the heart attack. Just make an account and then search for his page: TheAmericanDream

    4. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Debra Lowenstein PIKESVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      If I pay for medical insurance then it should be used for my medical without a debate from the ins company.. A deplorable when the ins company refuses to do what they have been paid to do and that is pay the damn bill and stop telling the doctors how to treat us .

    • Lewis Patrie ASHEVILLE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Until members of Congress are deprived of their health care benefits, all of us should be granted the equivalent care they receive.

    • Lauren Haupt CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm so glad. You keep on getting better

    • brad andrews LEBANON, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      victory???????? i hope this is correct.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep in contact!!!

    • Colleen Twohig FRANKLIN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Doctors should make the decisions about the best thing for a patient not the insurance companies.


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