CIGNA: Don't deny my 13-y-o brother the drug he needs to grow
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CIGNA: Don't deny my 13-y-o brother the drug he needs to grow

    1. morgan blake
    2. Petition by

      morgan blake

      Grand saline, TX

Cigna Insurance is holding the life of my little brother Seth in its hands.  Seth needs a very specific medication in order to live and grow into a healthy young man but Cigna refuses to cover that medication. Instead they’ll only cover a different medication, which Seth’s doctor says could kill him.  

My brother Seth is 13 years old.  He’s a kind, smart, tender-hearted boy who love sports and loves being outside.  He is also extremely sick.  Seth has Type 1 Diabetes and Insulin Growth Factor Type 1, which acting together are inhibiting his growth and preventing him from leading a normal, active life.

However, there’s a FDA-approved medication called Increlex that’s already proven to be a miracle.  Dr. Casas, Seth’s endocrinologist who works with many kids just like Seth, prescribed Increlex for Seth, and Seth took it for 4 months.  Increlex is a very specific medication for people in Seth’s position who have both Type 1 Diabetes and IGHD.  In those 4 months, Seth got taller, he gained weight, he developed, his grades rose and he started once more to lead a normal life.  It was truly a miracle. 

However, Cigna will not cover Increlex- which costs $20,000 per month- because they say Seth is “too healthy.”  Seth is “too healthy” because the Increlex Dr. Casas prescribed him was working.  They will only cover a different growth hormone medication which- because he has Type 1 Diabetes- could end up killing him.  Essentially, Seth has to get sicker and risk the underdevelopment of his body and internal organs until Cigna agrees to cover his medication. 

My family cannot afford to buy Increlex over the counter or to purchase any other insurance.  My father was laid off due to the recession last year and, Seth’s pre-existing condition makes private insurance purchasing impossible.  So we are asking Cigna to cover Seth’s Increlex until March 2013 to keep Seth alive and healthy while my family looks for other insurance options.  

I know my family isn’t the only family fighting an insurance company.  All across America, insurance companies are denying patients necessary medications and treatments or trying to give them the wrong medicines in order to save money. Insurance companies like Cigna are making medical decisions for sick kids like my little brother -- decisions that should be made by doctors.  This must stop.  

Please join me and my family in calling on Cigna Insurance to not punish my brother for not being “sick enough” and trying to give a potentially deadly medication.  He needs the Increlex, now. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. FOX 4 NEWS

      morgan blake
      Petition Organizer

      Seths story was featured on Fox 4 News out of Fort Worth at 6 and 9 last night! Thank you everyone for your support and prayers, keep sharing and signing the petition!
      SAVE TODAY, SAVE EVERYDAY, SAVE SETH. <3

      http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/19516882/teens-family-fights-for-miracle-drug

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. 10,000!

      morgan blake
      Petition Organizer

      So Blessed to have 10,000 wonderful people sign my brothers petition!!!! Please remember to write your reason for signing!! Seth is in good spirits, as always(: He started 7th grade recently and is trying to stay focused through all the stress that is bearing down on him very quickly.
      Please share with your family, friends and acquaintances!
      SAVE A LIFE TODAY AND EVERYDAY. SAVE SETH. <3

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. CHANGE.ORG HELP

      morgan blake
      Petition Organizer

      The human rights campaigner on change.org Sarah Ryan has contacted me wanting to know more about Seth's Petition and give me more information to more forward in getting more signatures! thank you Sarah and all who have contacted me with wonderful publicity ideas!
      Blessings,
      Morgan Blake

    7. PUBLICITY!!

      morgan blake
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for sharing and signing!!! We are contacting KLTV and Fox 4 News soon! Please post comments why you signed and feel free to write to D.R Horton Homes and Cigna Healthcare to help them realize the impact! I am not going to stop until my brother and others get the justice they deserve!!!
      Blessings,
      Morgan Blake

    8. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Andy Sirois DENVER, CO
      • 10 months ago

      DOWN WITH THE MACHINE!!!!

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    • Alexis espinosa GAINESVILLE, FL
      • 11 months ago

      corruption of insurance companies needs to stop

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    • Melanie Cohen MCDONOUGH, GA
      • 11 months ago

      Insurance companies only help themselves

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    • Aliyah Keuthan RAPID CITY, IN
      • 11 months ago

      I feel than a patient should have access to medications that are necessary for their well-being and to deny them coverage is criminal and negligent, not to mention calloused.

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    • G A REDONDO BEACH, CA
      • 11 months ago

      do you remember when they tried hormone growth injections on brooke greenberg and she hasn't grown in yrs?

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