Tell Aetna to approve coverage of HSCT so Lauren can have a healthy future.
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Lauren Laster was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her twenties. Lauren and her husband have adorable, 3 year-old twin girls and wants to take an active role in their lives whether it be participating in sports, dance, or whatever the future holds. With progression of the disease, Lauren could end up in a debilitating state that leaves her physically dependent. Lauren was given a glimpse of hope when she was accepted by Northwestern Hospital for a Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation (HSCT). The basic goal of HSCT is to regenerate an immune system that has no recollection of ever attacking the body in the first place, sending the disease into permanent remission. Aetna has denied insurance coverage for the procedure. Aetna has chosen not to provide Lauren the opportunity to be the mother and wife she wants to be. Without the procedure, Lauren will have to continue taking medications that have not proven to halt the disease. This is a disease with permanent consequences that are occurring now and are not reversible. The sooner she gets help the better chances she has to limit the residual effects of this disease. With your support, we can request that Aetna change their decision and provide Lauren and her family with the opportunity to live a full and active life together.
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