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My mom has terminal cancer, don't turn your back on her

My name is John. My mom, Karen Oberg, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer about 9 months ago. While this has been a really hard time for us, I've been fortunate to be able to take leave from my job and spend these last months with her. Things were going well until recently when scans revealed the cancer was still very prevalent. From what doctors told us, she may only have one or two months to live. I need your help because our insurance company is bullying us around right in the middle of my mom's second-line chemotherapy. Her insurance company, Total Health Care, is not living up to its promise -- or name. Out of the blue, Total Health Care decided they would no longer allow my mom to continue going to the University of Michigan to receive treatment. The insurance company has been covering us for the University of Michigan for seven months now, so why are they all of a sudden refusing to continue her coverage when she only has months to live? On Monday, January 20, no more than 12 hours before she was scheduled to receive chemotherapy treatment, we got a call from U of M notifying us that Total Health Care refused to continue covering my mom's treatment there. We were heartbroken upon hearing this, and we were confused about why Total Health Care didn't have the heart to call us directly. After hours upon hours of pleading with Total Health Care over the phone, they wouldn't budge. This is especially frustrating because we're waiting to hear about the status of an operation which can help alleviate some of my mom's pain. The care and compassion we felt from U of M means nothing to them, and my mom is being looked at as nothing more than a dollar sign and a statistic to this insurance company. After a poor experience with a misdiagnosis from my mom's previous hospital and after establishing incredible relationships with doctors at U of M, we have built a true bridge of trust. It's the only place my mom feels comfortable, and as she recently told me, "Hearing bad news at U of M is easier than taking good news from the other hospitals we've been to." Even with a three hour round trip, we know the University of Michigan has so much care and compassion, which we feel from all of the U of M staff and doctors, particularly her oncologist. Their warmth is unmatched throughout the health care system. I ask and thank you for supporting us in our effort to convince Total Health Care to allow us to continue receiving treatment at University of Michigan. After being through so much together, my mom and I want these last few months together to be as joyful as possible. Quality health care from doctors we know and trust is all we ask for. She is currently not receiving chemotherapy because of her discontinued service. Continuing treatment at University at Michigan is how that can happen and we are so thankful for you support on my petition!

John Oberg
186,691 supporters
Petitioning President Donald Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Healthcare, Total Health Care, Jerry Brown, Califo...

Protect Mothers Rights During ChildBirth! #MothersVoice

You can donate for my surgery here I'm very grateful that you took the time to listen to my story.  I am not doing this for myself alone, but for all women who have suffered at the hands of negligence. I understand that we all have our own hardships and injustices. I also understand that doctors and their teams make mistakes, therefore it's not about the medical staff but about the system. The system that's in place does not provide rights for women in childbirth. It does not allow even a chance for the medical staff to resolve their mistakes with the patient.  The system in place only allows recovery of $250,000, thousand dollars which means that it is economically impossible for any mother to hold a hospital and staff accountable for gross negligence. During these past 18 months, I've connected with many hundreds of mothers who went through the same horrible experience.  They too are embarrassed, to share intimate details, like I did. I've consulted over 150 attorneys who declined to take my case. Behind me are a multitude of  mothers who were similarly damaged.  I am fully aware of how difficult it is to bring change to systems in the United States. However, if you spend your 30 seconds by signing the petition, you'll provide an opportunity for women to have the ability to hold hospitals and doctors accountable for gross negligence.By signing this petition, you are requesting that the recovery ceiling of malpractice law be lifted for gross negligence on a mother giving birth.By singing this petition you will protect us, mothers, who don't have rights under this system.If you are a citizen of California of voting age, please sign this petition If you are a citizen of another State, please sign this petition and also  start a petition in your home state if there are malpractice ceilings where you live.Together we can make this change! Every year in the United States, 65,000 women with pregnancy or childbirth nearly die. This is by far worst record in the developed countries. Approximately 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries each year. In spite of it all, hospitals refuse to carry responsibility and women in childbirth remain unprotected. We would like to change that on a national level. Every Voice Counts! My name is Kristina and I would like to share with you how my life turned into a nightmare due to negligence at Mercy San Juanhospital in Sacramento, CA.  Perhaps my story will help many to get justice with similar experience. On September 30th 2016, at 3:33am, I gave birth to our wonderful son Moses. But memories of my labor still bring many tears. My pregnancy was very normal and the anticipated labor was supposed to be the same. It was my first long waited pregnancy and I did everything possible for my baby to be healthy. When I was around 36 weeks pregnant, around 1:00am I arrived to the hospital with contractions. I knew that I was in full labor because my contractions were 2-3 min apart. I requested epidural right away, they prepared me but the wait for the anesthesiologist took 2 hours. Obviously, it was too late. At 3:15, I was fully dilated with all of the medical personnel ready to assist me with pushing and welcoming my baby. On the fourth contraction, when the head of the baby was visible, someone ran into the room to get my doctors assistance for another patient. ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE ran out of the room leaving me with contractions and urge to push. I was abandoned by medical staff as I was pushing my crowning baby out. Their negligent act endangered my baby and me. My husband was in shock, ran out after them begging them to come back. I was in so much pain and terrified that my baby would fall on the floor, and no one would be there to catch him. As a result, the repercussions of their act ended detrimental. My husband returned without help. In the meantime, my strong urge to push was only getting stronger which led to the beginning of my tearing. When the medical team returned, without any examination of the changes, they took my legs and started pushing on my stomach, making me tear to the 4th degree. They extend through the anal sphincter and into the mucous membrane that lines the rectum.  In a few seconds my baby flew out of me and the doctor caught him in the air. My baby was very small, only 5,6lbs, which makes it impossible to injure the mother with a weight this small if proper help was administered during labor. Immediately, they told me that surgery under anesthesia will be performed and any future children would be c section only. After I was discharged, the stitches started to fall apart. The wound became dangerously infected. I did not trust Mercy, so I went to Sutter Roseville. When they examined me, they were shocked about my story and to see how my recoverywas failing. After a few checkups with my obgyn who is affiliated with Mercy, I was promised that everything will heal and that I just need time and patience. A year and a half passed, the suffering and pain continue. On January 2018, after many tests I was informed that I need full reconstructive surgery. I am in constant pain because I have severe nerve damage. Pain episodes return me to the emergency room for intensive pain management. I’m constantly on pain killers. Because of the negligence of Mercy San Juan, I became disabled. Because of my immobility, the impact on my husband and family cannot be understated. I’m terrified of my bathroom trips, every sneeze or cough bring me fear. Any of these things could lead to rupture and emergency intervention. We tried talking with the hospital, I begged them to operate me, but they don’t want to be accountable for their negligence. However, they recognized that medical personnel left me alone. The only answer I get from them “We will not be talking to you without an attorney”. I asked to investigate my case, and they assured me they would, but it never happened. They consulted their own obgyn who expressed their own opinion, obviously to protect themselves. No investigation was performed. Many attorneys that I spoke to refused to take my case. Their response was “we can only protect a child, it’s almost impossible to protect mother” I only have one option now, and it’s to ask for your help. With your help justice can be served, and I will finally be able to have reconstructive surgery. My life can get to normal, and I can enjoy motherhood fully, without fear and pain. Only with your help, we can protect mother’s rights during childbirth.

Kristina Kalmykov-Oselska
10,123 supporters
Petitioning Department of Health, Total Health Care

Snail Fever, Relieve it Forever!

Schistosomiasis a chronic and acute disease which is commonly known as snail fever. One of the common causes of this disease include larva or parasites being released by fresh water snails that penetrate in the skin of humans. This can occur in contaminated waters where snails are of great population. Although, Schistosomiasis is a chronic illness it could not possibly kill you immediately but it can bring about serious complications that can damage internal organs. This damage is mainly due to the egg migration of the parasites in the body. Furthermore, other causes that could lead to Schistosomiasis include hygiene related concerns. In the Philippines, 2,222 Filipinos are get infected coming from 189 municipalities and 28 provinces around the country. Snail fever may sound like a silly name for such a severe illness but this must not stop us from preventing it as much as we can. There is an increase hospital visits occurring that is related with the disease, Schistosomiasis. Person can be infected if they come in contact with contaminated water such as in rivers, lakes and the like. This disease can destroy person’s liver, bladder and other parts of the body. The parasite will release larvae and emerge from snail that goes inside the skin and grow into adult worms that lives in the blood. Person’s urine and poo can take away the parasites inside their body. However, these worms will never stop laying eggs until the infected person get treated. Since Schistosomiasis is common in tropical areas, especially in poor communities without access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Schistosomiasis can be prevented through following some simple precautionary measures. 1.       Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater when you are in countries in which schistosomiasis occurs. Swimming in the ocean and in chlorinated swimming pools is safe.  2.       Drink safe water. Although schistosomiasis is not transmitted by swallowing contaminated water, if your mouth or lips come in contact with water containing the parasites, you could become infected. Bring your water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute will kill any harmful parasites, bacteria, or viruses present. Iodine treatment alone WILL NOT GUARANTEE that water is safe and free of all parasites.  3.       Water used for bathing should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill any cercariae, and then cooled before bathing to avoid scalding. Water held in a storage tank for at least 1 - 2 days should be safe for bathing.  4.       Vigorous towel drying after an accidental, very brief water exposure may help to prevent the Schistosoma parasite from penetrating the skin. However, do not rely on vigorous towel drying alone to prevent schistosomiasis.

zyluz dellosa
211 supporters
Petitioning Total Health Care, Health Net

Unfair costs for cancer patients compared to methadone users.

People who take drugs such as herion are able to get low cost medical treatment by getting a prescription for a low dosage of methadone for as little as $35 AUS per week, unless given a subsidy where there is no cost at all. This is because the types of people dependant on this treatment are low-income earners. Then you have people living with cancers such as leukaemia that require a lot of medical treatment, this can cost up to $100 000 per year. However the government says they are going to lower the costs to $38.80 per month and $6.30 for those wuth a concession. However this is only targetted at one specific medicine for people who suffer from the most common form of leukemia. Imbruvica, which is used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Does not include any help for the costs of other cancer treatments suchs as chemotherapy. This is all very good and well but let's now look at the families that require their children to access treatment and the costs for them to seek accomodation to be nearby their sick child. The costs for families to stay in places such as Ronald MacDonald House is $25 per day considered as a donation, if they are unluckly to not be asked to stay at no cost. Lets think about this, a person dependent on methadone treatment may only need this treatment for no longer than 10 years. So if the person pays $35 per week for 10 years the total cost they will pay is $18 200. Whereas a person who needs cancer treatments will most likely require this for several months. Lets say a person with the most common form of leukemia needs the Imbruvica medicine for 2 years, this is a cost of $931.20 or for concession holders $151.20. This is considerably less than a person who requires methadone treatment for a maximum of 10 years, but what about the costs of other treatments? Chemotherapy for example can have a cost for initial treatment as little as $7000, the costs can vary depending on a persons stage of cancer, the specific drugs required and any other factors relevant to the person. Sometimes the treatment can be as high as $30 000 over an eight week period. Obviously a cancer patient will more than likely require therapy for longer than eight weeks so this then costs the person and their family a lot of money. If we think about this over a 2year period, initial treatment is $7000, then a minimum cost of $30 000 over an eight week period adds up to $202 000. Some people may not even survive this long so this could become considerably less.  But now let's think about the families of children who need to go through this treatment. They clearly cant just work to fund this sort of money plus funding the costs for if they require to stay nearby. $25 a day may not sound like much but if your child is in hospital for a year this accounts up to $9 125 per year. Now that you are aware of the costs involved in my petition, I would like to see the government funding those that need it most. It's very unfair that people who choose to take herion get more help than people who didn't choose to have cancer.  Its time the goverment started helping families and people living with leukemia and seeking these expensive medical treatments with better funding. I'm hoping that if i get enough signitures that we as a country can get the attention of the government to make a change for those that need it the most. Please stand with me.

Deon Ferguson
154 supporters
Petitioning Total Health Care, Joint Commission Accreditation Healthcare Certification, Occupational Health and Safety Administration

Fight for your right to waive the flu shot

Often times,  as healthcare professionals we have a heavy burden to carry. Fear for our health, should not be one of them. Flu vaccines have been proven ineffective. We always hear, "Oh it must have been a different strand", when one gets the flu after taking the shot. It's called a "flu shot". It should cover them all. If it can't, why should it be mandatory. Also, why should we be threaten with leave without pay or termination of employment for declining the flu vaccine. Which is optional according to our constitutional rights. We have no idea what is in the flu vaccine. Recently, there has been an increase in reactions to the flu vaccine across the country. From neurological disorders, to certain organs not functioning properly, to not being able to feed yourself or stand. etc..      Within the past four years,  healthcare facilities across the country are forcing employees to get the flu vaccine or decline and face disciplinary action or termination of employment. Acquiring a doctor's note deeming it a medical necessity, should not be the only alternative these facilities accept as a response to why we don't want it. "I don't want it", should be enough. We shouldn't have to expose our medical history to decline anything. Again, They are attempting to mandate this vaccine, despite the fact that it has been proven not to be 100 % effective. More recently, causing more harm than good.    As healthcare professionals, we demand to keep our right to waive resulting in us wearing our ppe/mask gloves. We have protected ourselves and the people we care for in previous years while waiving this vaccine and doing just that. As professional, in the healthcare industry, I feel we are more than capable of continuing to do so. It is our constitutional rights. Our personal beliefs are our own, we should not have to debate that fact. My body,  my choice! We are demanding that our right to waive the flu vaccine remains optional and not made mandatory given it's research proving how ineffective it really is.  

Le'Tesha Jackson
151 supporters
My mom has terminal cancer, don't turn your back on her

Dear Mr. Oberg: We would first like to share that our thoughts and prayers are with your mother and her family during this difficult time. The unfortunate circumstances under which you were informed that services were denied are unclear, as they did not originate from Total Health Care. As stated in recent discussions with you, we want to emphasize that Total Health Care has NOT DENIED OR DELAYED TREATMENT for your mother. Because this is a public venue, we are not able to discuss specifics regarding your mother’s care, as this would violate her privacy rights. We have spoken with providers involved in her care who confirm that they have no record of denied or delayed care for your mother by Total Health Care. Our process for issuing denials is to send written notification to the member and provider involved, along with a reason for the denial and their appeal rights. This notice was not sent because care was not denied. We want to assure you that the care of our members is our top priority. To that end, we would like to offer a nurse care navigator to assist you with coordinating care for your mother. At Total Health Care, we make every effort to coordinate and facilitate the best care available with our talented network of providers. We have been a long-standing Managed Care Organization in the community, one of the oldest in metro-Detroit. Our goal is to continue to deliver on our promise of being “Totally There” for our members. All the best, Total Health Care

6 years ago