United Health Care Health Plan of Nevada: Stop denying out of network, life-saving care to patients.
  • Petitioned Donald Giancursio

This petition was delivered to:

President, , Health Plan of Nevada
Donald Giancursio
Public Relations, Health Plan of Nevada
Peter O'Neill
Administrator,Health Plan of Nevada
Nancy Chavez
CEO, United Health Care
Stephen Hemsley
Nevada Governor
President of the United States
Nevada State Senate
Nevada State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

United Health Care Health Plan of Nevada: Stop denying out of network, life-saving care to patients.

    1. Kyra Dreiss-Mello
    2. Petition by

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello

      Chico, United States

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December 2012

Victory

From Petition Organizer Kyra Dreiss-Mello: After 3000+ signatures, the Nevada electorate took notice to support Amaris. Your emails, letters, and calls got the insurance company to change their policy for Amaris. Amaris arrived at University of Washington Medical Center on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. While this is a victory for Amaris, please know that United Health Care and other for-profit insurance companies do this to patients frequently. Be on the look out in the future to resist these practices. Life is worth more than profit.

Amaris Hayden is an English professor at the College of Southern Nevada and the mother of a 17-year-old son. She has devoted her life to helping and nurturing others. Today, she lies dying in a hospital bed because her insurer, United Healthcare, is refusing treatment to save her life.

In the late 90s, Amaris discovered that she suffered from a rare and terminal disease that required a transplant for both lungs. After two transplants, she was able to finish college and graduate school, become a professor of English and raise a son to near adulthood. Tragedy struck recently, though, when her body began rejecting the donated lungs. She has spent the last few weeks dying in a hospital in Las Vegas, hoping that bureaucrats at United Healthcare of Nevada will relent and finally allow her the life-saving care she so desperately needs.

Amaris needs to be transferred from the hospital she is at in Nevada, where she teaches, to the University of Washington Transplant Ward in Seattle. If she isn’t transferred soon, she will die. But United Healthcare is refusing the transfer, because UW is out of network. No hospitals that are in network can give Amaris the treatment she needs.

Is this was people work for? Is this the American dream? During life and death situations, hardworking Americans are left with a never-ending insurance bureaucracy that seems intent to kill you before doctors can treat you? No one deserves to have some paper-pusher decide whether or not he/she has the right to live. This is absolutely criminal. Everyone should know about Amaris’ story, because her story could become the story of any one of us.

Please send complaints via Twitter. United Health Care's Their handle is @myUHC and make sure you use the hashtag #SAVEAMARIS. Let them have it.

To:
Donald Giancursio, President, , Health Plan of Nevada
Peter O'Neill, Public Relations, Health Plan of Nevada
Nancy Chavez, Administrator,Health Plan of Nevada
Stephen Hemsley, CEO, United Health Care
Nevada Governor
President of the United States
Nevada State Senate
Nevada State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Stop denying out of network, life-saving care to patients.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Over 1600+

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Please continue to share and promote the petition on all social media sites. And follow Support Amaris Hayden on Facebook.

      Support Amaris Hayden

      Amaris Hayden had two lung transplants. She is suffering from rejection. She will die without...

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. 1200+ signatures is amazing

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Hello supporters of Amaris Hayden. Thank you so much for helping us to send a message to Health Plan of Nevada and elected officials that Amaris' life matters--not just her life, all life. No one should have to cry, beg, and plead for their life from an insurance company. This isn't right for anyone. Amaris is my friend. She is a good person with a warm heart. She creative and funny. I've never seen anyone fight so hard or work so hard for anything as she has. She has been an inspiration to me as long as I have known her. Please continue to support her. If you'd like updates and photos, please join the Support Amaris Hayden FB page. Send her your well wishes, explain that you're doing what you can to help her. http://www.facebook.com/SupportAmarisHayden?fref=ts

      Support Amaris Hayden

      Amaris Hayden had two lung transplants. She is suffering from rejection. She will die without...

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Nearly 450 signatures

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Thank you to all for your support. Please continue to support Amaris.

    7. 300 signatures.

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Please continue to promote. Amaris is now in the Cardiac ICU. We need these signatures. PLease continue.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. 200 signatures

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Please don't let the momentum slide. Amaris needs us. Continue to ask friends and family to support her cause. Let's get this up to 2000.

    10. Reached 200 signatures
    11. 120 signatures!

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Keep going. Keep pushing. Amaris has gotten worse. Please help. Sign and also call Nancy Chavez administrator for HPN. You need to call: 702-877-8600. There will be a recording. Go through to the operator. They will ask you what department you're looking for. Tell them you are trying to reach today's supervisor at UMC. Today her name is Nancy Chavez. They connect you to her cell phone, so they won't give you the direct number. When you speak to her, tell her that Amaris' condition has worsened and she needs immediate care. She will not give you any information due to HIPPA. You need to ask for her immediate supervisor's name and number. She refused to give it to me. When you call, come back here to record what happened in your conversation. These people are sick.

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. 60 Signatures!!!

      Kyra Dreiss-Mello
      Petition organiser

      Already 60 people have signed the petition. Let's keep it going to help Amaris. It's only been an hour, imagine what this will look like in 24 hours if we keep up the pace. Please continue to share the link.

    14. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Marie Vercheval BEAUVECHAIN, BELGIUM
      • over 1 year ago

      Beacause she's human

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    • Jeferson Gonçalves SãO JOSé, BRAZIL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because it's a matter of life.

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    • Laura Patterson GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Because Republicans went on and on about Obamacare death panels WHEN THEY ALREADY EXIST IN THE FORM OF GREEDY HEALTH INSURANCE.

      There is absolutely no reason that they should be denying this woman care. None. This is absolutely shameful.

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    • Yohoshua Duville ATLANTA, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      She should live, the least I could do is sign a petiton.

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    • Jasmin Dahm EAST COULEE, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I give a damn about human life.

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