Tell Governor Jan Brewer: Reinstate Funds for Life-Saving Transplant Program
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Tell Governor Jan Brewer: Reinstate Funds for Life-Saving Transplant Program

    1. Petition by

      Steven Daglas

      Palos Heights, IL

Effective October 1, 2010, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer and fellow Republicans cut funding for certain transplant programs under the state’s Medicaid program, leaving patients in need of life-saving transplants in the lurch. Without funding, many people won’t be able to afford the costly bone marrow and organ transplants that they need. The decision, say some doctors, amounts to a death sentence. Despite pleas by legislators, health care professionals and patients, Brewer has refused to reinstate the program, even though it is immediately putting people's lives at risk. She feels that “we can only provide so many optional kinds of care and those are one of the options that we had to take,” not realizing that for a person in need of an organ transplant, the decision is not optional. It’s life or death. There are numerous other areas to trim the budget, yet Brewer has refused to hold a special session to restore the funding for the program. While she stands by her decision to cut the financing, patients are losing critical time. Tell Jan Brewer to reinstate the $1.4 million in funding for the organ transplant program and prevent “death by budget cuts.”

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    1. Reached 3 signatures
    2. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Two rallies this week for transplant funding: 1) Today, 2/28, at 11:30 a.m. held by Democracy for America at the Arizona State Capitol, 2) March 5th, 9 a.m. march to the State Capitol

    3. Reached 2 signatures
    4. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      23-year-old Courtney Parham needs a transplant to save her life, but was denied coverage under Gov. Brewer's cuts. Her family must raise between 400-800k to pay for her surgery. Courtney's mom asks of Brewer: "Would she put her own children's lives up to balance her budget? I don't think so!"

    5. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, Governor Brewer called the Second Special Session of the year. She could have enacted a solution to save transplant patients' lives. Instead? Huge and urgent corporate tax cuts:

    6. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      On Valentine's Day, supporters of the organ transplant program flooded Gov. Brewer's office with emails asking her to 'have a heart' and reinstate funding. There were so many messages that they overwhelmed the email system! Thanks to all who spoke up.

    7. Reached 2 signatures
    8. On Valentine's Day, Transplant Patients Ask Gov. Brewer to Have a Heart

      Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Members of the group Arizona 98 are asking supporters to contact Governor Brewer's office this Valentine's Day to urge her to "have a heart" and finally restore funding for the transplant funding program she cut last year.
      The group was started after...

    9. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Wow. A company has proposed a way for AZ's transplant patients to get their surgeries at a low, low price: take 'em to Mexico

    10. Arizona Students Raise Money to Pay for Coach's Transplant

      judith meskill
      Petition Organizer

      In Arizona, the situation for transplant patients has gotten so dire that students are holding benefit concerts to help pay for life-saving treatments denied by the state.
      Recently, students at Seton Catholic Prep High School raised $10,000 for their...

    11. Reached 1 signatures
    12. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Great op-ed about Arizona's flawed priorities, including cuts to transplant program and mental health services:

    13. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      From the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and American Society of Transplantation: "We have reviewed the evidence base used by Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) and the Arizona state legislature to deny coverage for specified transplants and have determined that the data is both flawed and outdated."

    14. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      has come up with 26 funding solutions to cover the funds needed for the transplant program. Check them out here:

    15. Second Arizona Patient Dies After Transplant Coverage Denied

      Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      When Republicans talk about health care rationing, they are almost always hoping to equate it (erroneously) to health care reform. But in Arizona, Republican rationing has led to the denial of life-saving treatments -- and has resulted in another...

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    • Diamond Moore NEWARK, DE
      • about 3 years ago
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    • Karen Thorne KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      Governor, with one swipe of your pen, you have condemned so many people to death. Apparently you have no regard for human life, or you have never had a family member who has needed a transplant. I, myself, thank the good Lord don't reside in your state. My mother had to have a heart transplant back in the early 90's. I understand the plight of the people of your state when they say please rinstate the funding for transplants. Of course, if you don't already have a heart, it is hard to want to share your heart. Give back their funding!

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    • Darrell Bezet BATON ROUGE, LA
      • about 3 years ago

      i pray that your kid,s kid,s pay for your evil in the name of the LORD OF LORD,S

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    • Linda Cunningham PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      Lord knows you wont need the money since we pay your salary....Why punish the people.

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    • Kenneth Finkley MIAMI, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      Please help the sick in the name of the Son of God

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