United Healthcare: Let Nixon hear!
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United Healthcare
Brandon Cuevas
Western Region Media, United Healthcare
Matt Yi
CEO, United Health Group
Stephen J. Hemsley

United Healthcare: Let Nixon hear!

    1. Rich Hunter
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      Rich Hunter

      Tustin, CA

Our son Nixon has had a rough start in life, and unless United Healthcare is willing to help him hear, he will continue to do so. At only 6 months of age, Nixon has battled with Jaundice, Thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts), Gastric Tube surgery, Open Heart Surgery, and Respiratory Failure. He also has severe to profound hearing loss

Nixon's doctors say a Cochlear Implant will greatly help him to hear in his right ear. However our insurance provider, United Healthcare, has denied Nixon his coverage for this procedure. When we found out that more than 90% of commercial health plans in the country do cover cochlear implant surgery, we decided to start this petition to fight for Nixon and other families like ours who aren't being treated fairly by insurance companies when it comes to hearing needs and services. This is a decision we think is best for our son and we should have the option to choose it for him.

All of Nixon's other procedures have been covered, so we can't understand why the gift of hearing would be denied. Nixon has been through so much and beat so many odds with the help of his doctors that his middle name is "Wildcard." We want to continue following his doctor's advice and need United Healthcare to help. The earlier he has this procedure, the quicker he'll become used to it and learning will become easier for him. 

The cost of the surgery without insurance is approximately $125,000 per ear. I work as an EMT and obviously don’t have that kind of money. The National Institute of Health says about 210,000 children and adults around the world have received these implants. In the United States roughly 42,600 adults and 28,400 children have received them. United Healthcare should cover this procedure for families who decide that cochlear implant surgery is the right choice for them.

United Healthcare should change their policy and allow Nixon, and other children like him, to have the gift of hearing. No one should have to go through what we have, especially when learning is so huge at Nixon's age.

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    • Mike Staubly MISSION VIEJO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      If something can be done now for a child to have a better life in the future, then it should.

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    • Keith Parker AUSTELL, GA
      • 3 months ago

      1) Because I think this procedure should be covered by insurance.

      2) I also have a child who will be getting these implants in the near future.

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    • Camilla Malupo LAYTON, UT
      • 4 months ago

      If it was my child, I would want the same for them.

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    • Kasia Cichecki LONDON, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      It is important for me because as a cochlear implant user, I believe that Nixon shouldn't be denied the beautiful gift of hearing, something we had taken for granted.

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    • Alex Helfrecht LYMINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      I believe that all people should have access to free medical care. It is the state's duty to all its citizens. If that is unworkable then every child under 18 and person over 60 should have it, with means tested policies for others. This child's case has touched my heart. He has been through enough. Allow his hard working parents to have some help for their little one. The whole family deserves it.

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