Health Care

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump

Require Insurance Companies to Pay for Alternative Pain Treatments

Health insurance companies routinely pay for pharmaceutical and surgical treatment for pain patients, the most expensive and risky forms of care. Many who've tried these treatments are still in considerable pain.   At the same time, people in pain are being denied insurance coverage for safer, more effective treatments including physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, biofeedback, acupuncture, marijuana, low level laser therapy, psychotherapy, nutritional and herbal interventions. We need a law that requires health insurance companies to cover all proven effective treatments for pain to the same degree that they cover pharmaceuticals and that requires physicians to be educated about these therapies.   Please support a Pain Treatment Parity Act that requires health insurers to provide coverage for all proven effective pain treatments that is equivalent to coverage of pharmaceuticals with respect to treatment frequency, length of treatment, pre-authorization requirements, co-pays, deductibles, medical necessity reviews and any other requirements that determine access to and affordability of care. In addition, given that non-physician health care providers have not had increases in fees for more than 35 years, the Pain Treatment Parity Act should require that alternative pain treatment provider fees are increased on a par with past physician fee increases to insure continuing availability of these critical services.   Note: More information on the need for this legislation and the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of  nonpharmacological pain treatments can be found in The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.  Find out more at  

Cindy Perlin, LCSW
1,326 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Urgent need for more rehab care for Brain Injury Patients

On September 8, 2016, my son suffered an accidental drug overdose. He arrived in the emergency room in a semi-conscious state and, on arrival, he was intubated, placed into an induced coma, and transferred to the ICU department.  While there, he went into cardiac arrest and was deprived of oxygen for roughly 10 minutes.  Once my son was medically stable, I was ready to take the next step in his recovery. I began the search for a post-acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital/transitional facility in Miami-Dade County and the surrounding area. I contacted numerous facilities—and not one would accept him due to his “level of response.” After a 1 year and 4 months of being transferred from one acute hospital to another, I was blessed to have met Dr. Kester Nedd, who was able to get him into West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital.  But the stay there was short-lived. After less than two weeks of their services, he was discharged and I was told that my son’s treatment could not continue because he wasn’t progressing at the rate expected by insurance companies.  The lack of rehabilitation, and especially the minimal DURATION the insurance companies allow, is prohibiting patient progress. Insurance companies have a very strict policy of almost immediate improvement, which is highly unlikely for patients with brain injuries.  Without the chance or opportunity of critical rehabilitation treatment, how is my son and other brain injury patients supposed to recover?  We need to find a way to change the system and provide longer and more accessible rehabilitative care. 

Yvonne Barrio
6,061 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Kemp Hannon, Richard Gottfried, John Flanagan, Carl Heastie

Enact the "Dream law" Bill S1165/ A5514 for all Transplant Patients 2018

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public health law, in relation to deeming central venous lines as medically necessary Dream Shepherd is an 12-year-old girl who has courageously battled Sickle Cell Disease and who suffered a stroke in 2010 at the age of five. In December 2014, as part of a study, Dream received a stem cell transplant as part of her treatment plan and fight against Sickle Cell Disease. After the transplant she remained in the hospital for several months, while Doctors worked to stabilize her immune system, which was crucial to her discharge and transplant success. Additionally while in the hospital Dream had a Central Venous Line placed into her heart. The Central Venous Line has strict care requirements. In New York State Health Facilities only Registered Nurses are legally allowed to administer I.V. medications with use of a Central Venous Line; which have to be properly managed to ensure that Dream, and other's with a Central Line, do not acquire infections, especially if immuno-compromised. This central line goes directly into the right atrium of the heart, and requires immediate action should there be a disconnection for any reason as a patient with this type of line can exsanguinate should this go unmonitored or unnoticed. In addition to the high risk of infections, other complications of Central Venous Lines include Air Embolism, Pneumothorax, Pinch-off, Syndrome, Drug Precipitates, Thrombosis, Catheter Occlusion, Catheter Malposition, and Sepsis a severe blood infection caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Sepsis is extremely serious and can be life-threatening.  Due to the high potential for dangerous infections, as part of discharge planning, Dream's mother, who is not a medical professional, made a request for a skilled private duty nurse to care for Dream's central venous line. This request was denied by the insurance company as it was "not deemed medically necessary." Due to this rejection by the insurance company, the hospital informed Dream's mother, that she was required to provide the necessary care to Dream's central venous line. Not ensuring that Dream would have the correct and proper skilled nurse to provide the care after discharge which could have caused irreparable harm, including the worst outcome. Attempting to force the mother to provide the care would have required her to lose her job and source of income, along with saddling her with the anxiety of overseeing the medical attention that if not done properly, could lead to the loss of her daughter's life. That is a position no family member or friend should ever be in.

Diana Lemon
15,926 supporters