123 petitions

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Petition to Environmental Protection Agency

Ban Asbestos in the US Now, Without Loopholes or Exemptions

My daughter was just 10 years-old when my husband, Alan, was diagnosed with a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, a deadly material which is still being used in the U.S. today. Families like mine have fought for decades to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of asbestos, but instead the administration allows imports and use to continue. Alan’s disease was incurable – but it was also entirely preventable. Asbestos kills an estimated 39,000 people in the US every year, yet the EPA has not banned companies from continuing to use it. They are knowingly poisoning Americans. In 2004, Doug Larkin and I co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to fight for families battling mesothelioma. We vowed that we would fight with all of our strength to prevent other families from going through the pain, devastation, and loss that we experienced. Emily and I were there with Alan when he took his last breaths. I lost my soulmate and my daughter lost her father because our government refused to stand up to greedy corporations.   The EPA has now spent decades of time and taxpayer dollars on asbestos research. They know it is deadly, yet hundreds of tons of raw asbestos are allowed every year to be used in our country. It’s long past time that the EPA banned this deadly material once and for all. Enough is enough.

Linda Reinstein and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
137,424 supporters
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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

300,000 women die of cervical cancer every year. Congress can help stop it

The petition below comes from Ana Reyes, a cervical cancer survivor and volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 cervical cancer in December of 2015, when I was 36 years old.  At the time I was a single mother to two young children, ages 6 and 8.  To combat my diagnosis, I had multiple surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo, 28 rounds of external radiation and 3 rounds of internal radiation. I had a radical hysterectomy and the option of having more children taken away from me. I had to take a leave of absence from my job for a full year and move back in with my parents. I live with daily side effects, both physical and mental from my cervical cancer treatments.  But I still consider myself lucky.  There is the obvious reason to consider myself lucky … I continue to be alive.  But there are other reasons as well. I am lucky because my cancer was caught at Stage 2, still relatively early.  Often, cervical cancer is caught and treated even earlier than Stage 2. This is due to cancer screenings that are widely available in the U.S. and even covered by health insurance. This isn’t true everywhere in the world. In many parts of the world, cervical cancer often isn’t diagnosed until it’s too late. This doesn’t sit right with me. We have the tools to make my generation the last to ever have to battle cervical cancer. Yet more women are dying from this disease every year. Last year, 312,000 women died from cervical cancer worldwide. Without action, that will increase by 2040 to a staggering 459,000 women projected to die from a disease that is actually preventable. And this shouldn’t sit right with you, either, especially if you have a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife or a girlfriend. That’s why I’m asking for your signature today to urge your U.S. Senators to support dedicated funding in this year’s global health budget to help eliminate deaths from cervical cancer worldwide. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But regular screenings and early treatment have changed that. Today, approximately 90% of cervical cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries because the women in these countries don’t have access to these services. This is completely unacceptable. It is our responsibility to take what we know about prevention, screening and treatment to help save the lives of women in other countries. I am lucky because my children will likely never have to face this disease. They have both received the HPV vaccination, which prevents cervical cancer as well as six other types of cancer.  This vaccine was easy for me to get for my children and was fully covered by my insurance. All children everywhere in the world should have this same opportunity. Even though the World Health Organization cites the HPV vaccine as one of the most cost-effective cancer prevention methods out there, most girls living in low- or middle-income countries don’t have access to the vaccine. I got cervical cancer. But I am lucky that I got cervical cancer in the U.S. and that I had health insurance to cover the costs. I am lucky that because of where I live my cervical cancer was found at an early stage. I am lucky that my children have access to the HPV vaccine so that they will never have to fight the cancer I did. With vaccination, screening and treatment, virtually ALL death from cervical cancer worldwide can be eliminated.   Cervical cancer shouldn’t be a death sentence in any country. Please stand with me in urging members of the U.S. Senate to support dedicated funding in this year’s global health budget, and take a bold step toward eliminating cervical cancer once and for all.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
1,605 supporters
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Petition to Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield N.J.

Insurance refuses to pay for Life Saving Operation for Ovarian Cancer

  I am seeking any way I can to get the word out about insurance companies giving death sentences to women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I have Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield N.J. health insurance. Three and a half years ago (October of 2014) I received a diagnosis of Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is usually diagnosed after menopause. However, some have been diagnosed as early as their 40’s or 50’s. This is not what you would label an “old person’s disease”. I began treatment with IV chemo, surgery (complete hysterectomy) followed by more IV chemo. By June of 2015 I was in remission.  I was in remission for two years. Two weeks before Christmas in 2017 I was told the cancer was growing. It had now spread to the liver, spleen and diaphragm. My doctors at Cancer Treatment Center of America, Chicago told me my best (and only option quite honestly) is a procedure called HIPEC Surgery. Without this procedure, the cancer will continue to spread. Our insurance pre-certification was submitted and surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018. On Friday, March 16, after a day of pre-op testing, BCBSNJ notified the hospital the claim was being denied. This was an hour before everything shut down for the weekend. The reason? BCBSNJ is calling it experimental. This procedure was approved by the FDA in 1999. Two appeals have been filed and denied. As an alternative, my doctor wanted to perform surgery to remove the tumors (called debulking). Now we are being told this will not be approved because it was part of the original request for pre-certification. The part of this procedure they are labeling as experimental is a heated chemo placed in the abdominal cavity for two hours. How can they say no to a life-saving operation that has been performed for 20 years?! I have spoken to others who have had the same diagnosis, received the procedure and are living healthy lives today. So yes, there are insurance companies that do approve this. My husband and I are middle class people. He has worked for the same company for 38 years and always thought his insurance would be there when he needed it for either of us. We are currently trying to figure out a way to finance this procedure out of our pockets. BCBSNJ needs to update their coverage!  Please sign my petition and share it. Ovarian Cancer is a devastating disease, but there are procedures that can eradicate it. Insurance companies should be in business to help save lives – not condemn women to a death sentence because of outdated policies!  PLEASE SHARE ....... GET THE WORD OUT AGAINST THESE INSURANCE COMPANY'S.... Thank you!  My friend Joyce started a Fundraiser to help pay for the HIPEC part of the surgery that the insurance wont cover ($35,000). Here is the link. Any thing will help and thank you for sharing this and if you helped with the Fundraiser. Dec 28, 2018 —  4:40 p.m. Thursday I am amazed that this petiton has had over 20,000 people sign it. This issue is something that stirs many people for one reason or  another. But the situation remains the same.. My good friend Janine is still taking chemo, still fighting for her life and is paying for this surgery and many other medical cost out of her pocket.. I started a GoFundMe campaign for her and to this date there has only been $3, 763 raised.. While I am very grateful for those  who have given (and those who continue to pray for her), that amount falls far short of what is needed. If everyone signed this petition gave just  $5, it would cover more than what has already been spent and keep helping with the ongoing medical expenses.. Please visit the GoFundMe: Thanks, Joyce Couts      

Janine May
22,464 supporters