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Premera Blue Cross: My daughter needs this life sustaining medical device

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My daughter Laurie Beth Nelson needs a "gastric neurostimulator". This medical device, implanted in the stomach, will stimulate the nerves that allow the stomach to empty. Laurie's insurance company Premera Blue Cross (via her employer Starbucks) is denying coverage for this device. The device is used to treat an incurable condition called gastroparesis, where the stomach no longer empties regularly, causing nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. Because Laurie has received a kidney-pancreas transplant, a feeding tube is not optional due to the risk of infection.

There are no medications to treat this disease. The constant nausea and frequent vomiting that she experiences as a result of the gastroparesis are making it difficult for her to absorb her transplant medications that prevent rejection of her transplanted organs. Laurie has been admitted to the hospital monthly, sometimes weekly, for IV. hydration and medication that she cannot keep down due to nausea and vomiting.

Premera Blue Cross helped cover the cost of her life-saving transplant, but refuses to cover this device which will keep it from failing. After all that Laurie has endured to stay alive, this is inconceivable, but true.

Please demand that Premera Blue Cross pay for the gastric neurostimulator so that Laurie can continue her fight for a normal, healthy life.



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