***UPDATE, 6/25/2012*** Blue Cross has agreed to cover the main part of Danni's treatment! That still leaves Danni and James needing to cover the Avastin ($3,000+ every two weeks), however, so please continue to sign to put pressure on Blue Cross to pay for the entire treatment that she needs.
Danni Cote Gilbert has been battling Stage IV metastatic colon cancer for nearly two years, enduring multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a course of radiation. At the beginning of June a new, definitive study was presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, changing the standard of care for colorectal cancer patients. When Danni's doctor recommended that Danni's therapy be changed to reflect this new standard, Blue Cross of Idaho denied coverage on the grounds that it was an experimental treatment. When Danni and her husband agreed to pay the costs out of pocket, Blue Cross of Idaho made the decision to deny payment for ALL of Danni's treatment, not just the new therapy.
The perverse question that Danni and her family must now answer is just how much extending her life is worth. At more than $11,000 every two weeks, the costs will quickly bankrupt Danni and her husband, both of whom have maintained their full-time employment as teachers while raising their two kids and remaining active in the community even as Danni has been, quite literally, fighting for her life.
A person battling cancer has enough to worry about without agonizing over a protracted fight with an insurer who had the most profitable year in its history in 2011, growing its net earnings from $12 million to $57 million in a single year. Tell Blue Cross of Idaho to live up to their stated mission of "(working) cooperatively with Idaho healthcare providers to ensure our customers' access to needed healthcare services." Don't deny Danni Cote Gilbert more time with her family. Do the right thing.
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