AVMED must cover a Custom Wheelchair for our daughter who cannot sit or walk independently

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Our daughter desperately needs a new custom wheelchair and our insurance has refused  to cover any portion of the cost. Sophie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 12 months old. As a result of being premature, she is unable to walk or sit independently. Although she is covered with Avmed insurance through my husband’s employer at AT&T, AVMED has refused to cover the cost of a custom wheelchair stating that it is not a covered item under their policy contract with the employer. This item is like oxygen to my daughter who cannot ambulate without her wheelchair. Sophie needs a chair that is tailored to her  measurements and needs. Sophie cannot hold her trunk in a sitting position so she needs the special support that a custom wheelchair provides. A standard wheelchair would pose a severe risk for falls and health problems. She needs a custom wheelchair to leave home every morning and go to school. Time is of the essence. She  has grown out of her current wheelchair. With every minute that passes, Sophie gets closer and closer to not having a wheelchair to get to school, play, and live her daily life. Although she has been deemed disabled by the social security administration she has been denied for Medicaid and Florida Kidcare or any type of disability benefits. AVMED is the only insurance that can provide our daughter with all the medical equipment that she needs. The wheelchair has a cost of over $8000. AVMED should be able to cover this item for my daughter. We pay them thousands of dollars in premiums each year. Please sign this petition to get AMVED to cover my daughter’s custom wheelchair. 

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