35 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Javier J. Rodriguez, CEO, William Valle

Hold Dialysis Corporations Accountable for Kidney Disease Awareness in Urban Communities

Kidney Disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. While African Americans make up about 13 percent of the population, they account for 35 percent of the people with kidney failure in the United States. The biggest culprits fueling this epidemic are diabetes and high blood pressure.  In addition, an estimated 37 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, but most don't even know they have it. As a result of these staggering statistics kidney dialysis facilities have been opening in urban communities at an alarming rate. Rather than just profiting billions from a health epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans and minorities, this petition calls on these corporations to show real social responsibility and tangible community involvement by creating public awareness and education about diabetes and high blood pressure in those areas most heavily impacted. This can include high-traffic advertisements such as street billboards, local TV ads, and social media buys, as well as sponsoring education and better-food programs in local schools. There are more than 6,000 dialysis facilities in the United States. If dialysis companies truly care about people with kidney disease, they should be a part of the viable solution, which is preventing it from occurring in the first place.

Steve Belcher
4,777 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Chris Hall, Jackie Smith, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, Joseph R. Biden, Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Cynthia Axne, Randy Feenstra, Kim Reynolds, Jim Carlin, Jack Whitver, Thomas Miller

Mandate Insulin Cap in Iowa

Type 1 Diabetes, which affects nearly 1.6 million Americans, is an chronic (life long) autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pacers that produce insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is treated using Insulin, a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy.  This sounds very simple right? You just go to the drug store, purchase Insulin, and you get to live another day right? Unfortunately, this is so far from the truth. In the late '90s, a vial of insulin in the United States cost $25 without insurance. Ten years later, the cost increased to $125. Jump to 2021, It costs me $380 without insurance for one Insulin pen, which lasts me maybe 2 weeks. With insurance, it still costs me $150 for TWO weeks. This is also after I have used the manufacturers coupon. Keep in mind - this is just the cost of the medication I need to survive. This doesn't take into account the supplies needed to administer this medication.  In March of 2020, the House of Representatives of Iowa passed House File 2138, a bill stating that there shall be a cap on the "total amount of cost-sharing that a covered person is required to pay per prescription filled to an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars for up to a thirty-one day supply..." This was passed and later titled House file 263 and to be reviewed/renewed in 2021 with new Presidency.  In January of 2021, the bill was brought back to office again and passed by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate in February/March. Since then, there has been no discussion or progression of this bill. It has essentially become lost.  This petition is to bring back this bill to the Senate. If this bill was passed, it would save diabetics roughly $10,000-$15,000 a year on the cost of Insulin. This medication is not a luxury or something to make life easier. This medication is mandatory for survival. At the very least, it should be affordable.  Diabetics are constantly fighting with Big-Pharma to solely survive. Join me in this fight to mandate an insulin cap of $100 per 31-day supply of Insulin. Everyone deserves a chance to live. 

Lexi Gerry
473 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, James M. Inhofe, Kevin Stitt

Allow all insulin to be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Three and a half years ago, my youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just months before his fourth birthday. Since that diagnosis, for the rest of his life, he will have to inject insulin to stay alive. Insulin is required for a Type one diabetic (and some Type 2 diabetics) just to stay alive. Fast acting human analog insulins like Novolog and Humalog and long acting insulins like a Tresiba, Lantus, and Levemir aren’t available without a prescription. For a Type 1 diabetic, going without insulin for just a few hours risks diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening emergency.  There are many situations that can prevent access to insullin. Things like getting too warm, freezing, accidental breakage of a vial, or simply just running out of the tightly rationed supply of this life saving hormone your insurance company allows you to have.  I am asking Congress to allow all insulin, especially fast acting human analog insulins like novolog and humalog to be sold over the counter at pharmacies. There is zero abuse potential for insulin and the consequences of preventing its sale are much higher than allowing it. Many diabetics try to use over the counter insulin like Regular or NPH insulins in emergency situations which can be dangerous. Allowing diabetic patients to purchase the insulin they’ve been using for years is safer and absolutely needed.  The inaction of congress and the US FDA will continue to cause preventable emergencies which result in avoidable costs for emergency care. Additionally, it will prevent unnecessary loss of life which is a very real possibility when both Type 1 and insulin dependent type 2 diabetics are unable to obtain the insulin quickly and without unnecessary paperwork. 

Kirk Williams
279 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Joe Biden, President of the United States, Kamala Harris

Tell Lawmakers to investigate Byram!!

Byram Healthcare sells medical equipment including diabetic pump supplies. Byram's ordering and shipping processes are causing people to go without their medical equipment. Medical supply orders are being mismanaged by Byram, and their customers can die while waiting for these supplies.  My Type 1 diabetic son almost died because Byram hadn't shipped his insulin-pump supplies even though they said they did. This started 4 years ago (pre-pandemic). When a diabetic's blood sugar drops below 30, their organs can fail, they go fetal, and die. It's ridiculous to have the pump and insulin but no cartridges, which makes the pump useless, just because a business can't keep track of their ordering, billing, and shipping. We've been struggling to get the Tslim pump cartridges, tubing and cannulas (plastic needles) refilled, but Byram just didn't ship anything and nobody there could tell us why. We called over and over, emailed, ordered on the website. They kept saying it was being shipped but it never did. This has gone on for years. Trying to find out why Byram didn't ship the supplies has been a nightmare and we aren't alone. There are hundreds of reviews online from Byram customers with the same problems and nowhere else to go. People have written that they're terrified they'll die due to the chaos surrounding their supply orders with Byram.  We've had dozens of issues with Byram, and had to report them to the Better Business Bureau three times and DOJ twice. It's the only way to get clear answers. Byram has a rating with the Better Business Bureau of 1 star out of 5. Would you order something off a website with a 1-star rating? We've called Byram and gotten a voice-mail that says they're not there, during business hours. We've had orders dissappear off the website. We've ordered by phone and been told the orders would rush ship immediately but then had those orders dissappear. We've had Byram not bill the insurance correctly. We've had orders ship in two parts and then gotten bills for half the order. We've had Byram code the billing wrong to the insurance, been double billed, been forced to pay old bills they can't explain, had supplies sent with no statements or invoices, and so much more.  Byram was fined $9,000,000 by the Department of Justice for padding bills with the intent to defraud Medicaid and for taking kickbacks from Hollister. It sure looks like nothing about their practices changed. It is still incredibly hard to contact Byram about shipments and get a straight answer. People's lives are at risk. This is mismanagement at the very least.  This petition is a tool to help us fix something that is systemically broken. Please help us get the message to lawmakers to investigate Byram, before someone dies. Please sign or share, or consider donating. Every contribution helps this petition get more views and more signatures so eventually Byram will have to address the problem. Thank you♡

Melody Kirk
627 supporters