Stop Denying Vital Medical Equipment to Bathe Aiden!
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I am writing this petition on behalf of Deana Malone.
"This is my son Aiden. He has Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, a neuromusclular disorder that causes his muscles to continue to deteriorate. We have tried over the past few years to get his insurance to cover the proper equipment to bathe him and they continue to deny it. They say that bathing is not a necessity. I am assuming most people will strongly disagree. He is quickly getting larger and has a very hard time sitting up. I can no longer lift him without the use of a hoyer (which I am very grateful to have) This requires him to have a special shower chair called a tub buddy."
Aiden's continually deterioration of his muscle control means that he can no longer support himself standing. He is now having difficulty sitting up. The tub buddy (http://www.medicaleshop.com/tubbuddy-over-bath-transfer-system-with-tilt.html) is a system that allows the person to be transferred safely from their hoyer (a kind of body sling that helps to pick up and move a person) over the bathtub at a tilted angle to bathe.
Allcare Insurance has continually denied to cover this vital equipment for hygiene, stating bathing is not medically necessary. Besides the obvious physical benefits of proper and regular bathing, it is also socially and psychologically important as Aiden becomes a preteen.
We are petitioning to get the attention of Oregon Health Plan and Allcare CCO insurance to change this policy, not only for Aiden, but for all future families. Having access to basic medical equipment will preserve Aiden's dignity, as well as improve his quailty of life.
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