[Surprise Outcome!] -- Blue Cross:  Provide coverage for proton therapy to save our Mom
  • Petitioned Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Don W. Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL
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[Surprise Outcome!] -- Blue Cross: Provide coverage for proton therapy to save our Mom

    1. Marie Garlock
    2. Petition by

      Marie Garlock

      Hillsborough, NC

SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE - YOUR SUPPORT DID IT! - IT WAS SUDDENLY APPROVED (thank you all!), *BUT* PLEASE KEEP SIGNING ON BEHALF OF OTHERS BEING DENIED!!! WE NEED INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR *EVERYONE*!

A growing tumor in the bone at the base of our Mom's skull near her brainstem is pressing on her brain . The tumor could take away her vision and ability to speak at any moment. Her doctors agree that she needs a form of radiation, proton beam therapy, which is the best, most appropriate treatment for her specific condition. BCBSNC has denied proton therapy, even though scientific studies show it to be the right treatment in her situation. She will get better with this treatment!

Insurance coverage means nothing if it doesn't cover the treatment patients need. Please stand up for our mom -- and all the men, women, and children like her -- who are denied the care they are entitled to, and need, to live.

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    1. VICTORY! APPROVED AS EXCEPTION...

      Marie Garlock
      Petition Organizer

      We want to let you know that Mom's treatment was suddenly approved today following a review by an external radiation oncologist. The approval was as an exception to their normal policy regarding proton therapy, based on our Mom's unique health circumstances. She was surprised to get 7 minutes' notice of an opportunity to participate in the review. Will provide details tomorrow, in the hope that this information will be helpful to others in similar circumstances.

      Thank you for your love and support for our Mom and for health justice for all.

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.

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    • Walt Giddens SARASOTA, FL
      • 9 months ago

      My wife's brain cancer has returned for the third time. This may be a last resort option for her.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

      Zig Ziglar

      Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.

      Hippocrates

      Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'

      Brian Tracy

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    • Daphne Hill PITTSBORO, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      BCBS should have never been granted permission to drop its nonprofit status. No insurance company should make decisions based on how much or little the company will be able to put in its coffers.

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    • Mary Wamsley PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      I am battling lung cancer. As a never smoker and never abound other risk factors, I had to fight to have my cancer taken seriously. I am fortunate enough to had good insurance. If I were younger I am sure I would still have the tumor in me while I waited for a green light for surgery. I might not have been a stage 1A. Cancer waits for no one, especially insurance companies to get their act together.

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    • Beth Howell HAMPTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Barbara - everyone - deserves the ability to seek adequate health care.

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