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Overturn Medi-CAL's Decision To Cut My Funding

My name is Raul Carranza. I have a disease called Muscular Dystrophy. It's a progressive disease that prevents my muscles from making any energy. This, in turn, causes the muscles to atrophy over time, I have lost the ability to walk, move my arms, eat and breathe. Because of this I require around the clock nursing care. But this has not stopped me from striving for an independent life. Last year I moved away to UCLA by myself and lived away from my family for a whole semester, unfortunately I had to come back home to San Diego at the end of December. One of the reasons I had to come back was because I was involved in a battle with the State of California over my nursing hours. The state funds my care through a program called The NF/AH waiver, under this waiver pediatric patients get more money than adult patients. There are 3 categories in the waiver, they are; A/B, sub acute and acute, acute being the level with the most funding. Medical put me in the sub acute level of care, even though I qualify for the acute level of care. We appealed their decision and went to court with them, we managed to convince the Judge that I was, indeed, qualified for the acute level of care. However, the director of the program overturned the judges decision, and provided no reasoning for his decision, We have since been denied a rehearing and will be filing a lawsuit against the state of California. We have been forced to purchase a private insurance that costs nearly $500 a month, not including out of pocket costs. To add insult injury, once I hit my yearly limit of $75,000 they stop covering everything until the start of the next year. I’ve only had the insurance since late August and I’m already hitting my limit this month.

The private insurance was supposed to cover the cost of the nursing hours that were cut. That’s not how it works, however. MediCAL won’t pay for anything until the private insurance gets billed. This has led to a situation where my medical bills have been piling up. I’m already thousands of dollars in debt and MediCALwon’t cover anything more.

Right now, the only thing I want to do is go back to UCLA. Unfortunately, that is not possible unless I get the care that I need.

Please help me by signing this petition so I have the funding for 24 hour nursing care.

Thank you,
Raul Carranza

This petition was delivered to:
  • DHCS Director
    Toby Douglas
  • Governor of California
    Jerry Brown


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