Help New Hampshire's Children

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I have a 12 year old grandson who fell into a bonfire at age 2. He has had over 600 surgeries and procedures since then. He has had the same burn team through Shriner's and currently Children's Hospital in Waltham, MA for 10 years. Now, New Hampshire Healthy Families (NHHF) is denying him access to his burn team even though there is no qualified children's burn doctor in the State of New Hampshire. They are refusing the do Prior Authorizations and are now telling us (me, Partners in Health, and Families First) that they are sending him to a podiatrist (who has no previous experience with children or burn victims) because they say they have no other option.

I want to know why this child (who has been through so much already) is not being allowed access to the care he requires. It has been less than a year since the last major surgery in which part of his foot was amputated. A doctor with no burn knowledge runs the risk of complicating his healing process. I am extremely distraught at the thought that this child could die from an underlying skin graft infection or gangrene due to the lack of knowledge an unspecialized doctor has. I am pleading for help with this matter.

He has already lost so much in this life, please help me give him the chance to continue to heal. Adding to the issue, he is not the only child in New Hampshire going through this. NHHF is denying MANY children from the care they need because they are not in a shared contract with them. This is outrageous and disgusting that a contractual profit overrides the needs of children who desperately need access to medical providers in other states. Our children should not have to suffer because NHHF isn't in a contract with a certain doctor. There are currently a lack of qualified specialized doctors in New Hampshire. Many of the top surgeons for children are located in Boston and the surrounding areas. Children are potentially going to DIE because of the lack of care that is going to be provided.

Help us have a voice and get NHHF to understand that children are FAR more important than a contract. They have been doing Prior Authorizations for the past ten years and NOW all of a sudden, they have decided that the children are no longer important. These kids are our future. Let's make sure they have a future also.



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