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Approve the Cochlear Implant Surgery of Thomas Patterson

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Our beautiful son Thomas Patterson is 8 months old. He was born perfectly healthy, but completely deaf. Thomas needs cochlear implants to be able to hear and learn to speak.

Thomas’ medical team at the Virginia Commonwealth University Cochlear Implant Center wants to perform Thomas’ surgery as soon as possible – we even scheduled it for Aug. 14, but Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina informed us that they will not cover the surgery.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has denied coverage of this surgery solely because Thomas is not yet 12 months old. The medical team, however, determined that delaying the surgery until Thomas is 12 months old will cause him to experience substantial additional developmental delays.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is hurting our son and unnecessarily delaying his development by not approving the surgery. Thomas’ inability to communicate with us has been taxing on our whole family. When he cries at night, my voice cannot soothe nor comfort him. He has never heard us tell him how much we love him. He has never even heard his own name. 

Condemning Thomas to silence for another four months when it is possible to help him today is wrong. Although we live in Virginia, our heath insurance is though Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. If we were covered by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia, Thomas would be able to have the surgery next week with no questions asked.

I feel helpless because we know what our son needs and we have a medical team ready to help him, but Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is preventing him from being helped.

We are not asking for anything beyond what the insurance contract provides. This surgery is exactly the same prior to 12 months as it would be after 12 months. There is no question that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will cover the surgery once Thomas is 12 months -old. We are only asking that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina authorize the surgery now, as recommended by his medical team, to allow Thomas the greatest chance of reaching his full hearing and developmental potential.



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