After almost 200,000 people signed Jason's petition asking for Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachsuetts to continue coverage of his father Henry's recovery from a heart attack, the family believes the insurer will now continue to cover treatment.
When Jason first learned that his father's insurance company was considering cutting coverage for his rehabilitation - despite doctor recommendations - Jason created a Change.org petition urging Blue Cross to reconsider.
Jason's father, Henry Young, had suffered a severe heart attack in 2011 but was making strides toward regaining his cognitive and motor skills through the help of his doctors at a professional rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts. After Jason recruited thousands of supporters and drew public attention to his father's recovery, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts agreed to continue to cover his father's rehabilitation as long as his doctors feel is necessary to continue his recovery.
In October of 2011, my father Henry Young -- a 62-year-old husband and father of three who was employed with Philips Medical System in Andover, MA -- had a heart attack while in the gym at work. His heart stopped ten times, leaving his brain deprived of oxygen. After being comatose for several weeks, he miraculously awoke one day and began making great strides towards recovery. Currently undergoing rehab at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, he has made enough progress to convince his medical team, family, and friends that with continued rehab he will regain functional motor and cognitive skills.
Despite the critical progress my Dad has made in recent weeks, his insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield will cease coverage of my father's rehab this coming Monday, March 5, 2012. If this happens, my family will be put in the position of choosing to either continue treatment and face financial ruin or give up on our beloved father & husband's recovery process.
Health insurance is supposed to be there when you need it most. It's wrong for Blue Cross Blue Shield to drop coverage when my father's future depends on it. Please take a stand and help us change Blue Cross Blue Shield's mind. Not only is this morally and ethically wrong, this is a travesty of justice! Don't think this couldn't happen to you; be the change you want to see!