BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland: Stop denying insurance to disabled children
  • Petitioned Randolph Stuart Sergent

This petition was delivered to:

Sr Director & Asst General Counsel of BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland
Randolph Stuart Sergent
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for CareFirst
John A. Picciotto

BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland: Stop denying insurance to disabled children

    1. Dena englander
    2. Petition by

      Dena englander

      baltimore, MD

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October 2012

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Dena Englander's daughter Sophie was born with a birth defect that prevents her from feeding normally. Most of her nutrition comes from a tube that runs directly into her stomach. When Sophie was denied insurance coverage on a "technicality" by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, claiming that this denial of care has nothing to do with her condition, Dena started a petition to get coverage for her daughter. After two days and 1,485 signatures, the director of BCBS called Dena personally to apologize.

My youngest daughter Sophie looks like a healthy baby. But she was born with a birth defect that prevents her from feeding normally and most of her nutrition comes from a tube that runs directly into her stomach. My little "tubie" baby needs specialized feeding and therapy and I work twenty four/seven to keep her growing and strong. Until recently, the medical part of the constant care that keeps our sweet Sophie healthy was covered by our insurance. But like many people these days, we are going through what insurance companies call a "life change." Job change? No problem, BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland told me, if insurance lapses, your family can get back on the plan, no medical underwriting required. But Sophie has been denied insurance coverage. BlueCross BlueShield claim that this denial of care has nothing to do with her condition, that this is just a "technicality," due to the way I filed my documents. But they didn't reject my oldest daughter, who is healthy. According to my documentation and every client services person with whom I spoke, it is very clear that the refusal has everything to do with Sophie's pre-existing condition. Maybe they are hoping that if they make it difficult enough, I'll just give up and let them get away with it. Well, I won't! Please don't let them leave my baby without the care she needs to survive! Are we going to let insurance deny services for life-giving care because they don't want to pay what they promised? Please sign my petition and tell BlueCross BlueShield to do the right thing. Don't let them deny her life dependent services. If they can do this to my child they can do it to others.

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    • james highsmith,jr PERRY HALL, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Child needs medical care

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    • devorah kaler BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Cover this chid ! She is our future !!

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    • Mark Jacobs TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      This sounds like a load of crap from them. More insurance B/S. They paid before and now they are looking for a way out.

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    • paula rothman GWYNN OAK, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      This is absolutely NOT the American way. Come on BlueCross. Remember, this is America!!

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    • Kamal Sridhar STONY BROOK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      No child should be denied health care. She might be our future president, or a great citizen. A wealthy country such as the US cannot deny health care to its children.

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