Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Don't Deny Compensation to 9/11 First Responders
My name is John Feal and I’ve been to 181 funerals since September 11, 2001, for first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center. They are now dying from cancer due to exposure to asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and other toxic substances. By 2021, it’s expected that more people will have died from toxic exposure than were killed in the attacks. And Congress could break their promise to provide them with compensation. I went to Ground Zero hoping that my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor could save lives. Seventeen years later, many of my fellow responders have died or are dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems caused by their exposure to debris and toxic chemicals. In 2015, we successfully fought to reauthorize the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, which ensures victims could receive health screenings and medical benefits for 70 years, and compensation through 2020. In less than two years, that Victim Compensation Fund will close — and it’s already running out of money. After 9/11, the EPA assured the responders and residents that "the air is safe," and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers returned. Today over 10,000 people have been diagnosed with WTC-linked cancers and more than 2,000 of those people have died, including 184 NYC firefighters. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying. It’s tragic that our elected officials won’t come together to guarantee support for these victims, who inhaled cancer causing chemicals as they searched for survivors and recovered bodies. Now, thousands of families face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Please sign my petition to make sure 9/11 responders and victims are supported by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund after they sacrificed everything.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Get Rick Rescorla the Presidential Medal of Freedom
We need more signatures to tell President Trump to "Free the Medal" for Rick Rescorla! Please Sign, Share and Donate Now! "Free the Medal" is a call to action, to ask President Donald J. Trump to award Cyril R (Rick) Rescorla the well deserved and long overdue Presidential Medal of Freedom. It has been nearly 18 years since the horrific terror attack on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. It was a day that is burned in our minds forever. We remember where we were, what we saw, and how we felt. His heroic actions in saving over 2700 lives, before losing his own, prevented us from losing what would have been a total of over 6000 lives that dreadful day. Rick Rescorla, pictured above while famously singing into his bullhorn, was the Vice President of Security for Morgan Stanley and conducted evacuation drills since the early 1990's, in preparation for such a disaster. His drills trained the Morgan Stanley employees, who inhabited 22 floors of the World Trade Center, to safely and calmly make their way down 44 flights of stairs to safety outside the building. He also trained them to help those who couldn't make the trip down by themselves, often helping carry disabled coworkers down flight after flight as Rick sang patriotic songs to distract and encourage them along the exhaustive dissent. Many employees testified that he sang to them during the actual attack as all but 6 made it out safely into the smoke billowed streets amid a frantic shower of paper and debris, tripping over bodies of those who jumped out windows from the floors above them. Please join us in reaching the President by signing this petition and honoring a real American hero now, while his grieving widow is still alive to receive it.
Petition to Ted Cruz, Association of Nurse Midwives, Dan Crenshaw, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Board of Medicine
7 NPs/CNMs Should be allowed to care for the women in their community
On February 22, 2019, approximately 9 Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and one Physician’s Assistant were handed letters of termination by Dr. Yasser Zeid of Longview, Texas. He terminated all of their contracts and gave them one week to sign his NEW contract if they wanted to continue working for him. For a variety of reasons, primarily pertaining to the hostile work environment and terrible leadership in the practice, 7 did not sign new contracts. These 7 women (3 Certified Nurse Midwives and 4 Nurse Practitioners) found jobs elsewhere in the community, believing they were free to work anywhere in their community based on the fact that their contracts were all terminated without cause, and the fact that the place they went to work did not fall into the list of 4 places the noncompete (in the original contract that had been terminated) listed. Outraged that the 7 would dare leave his employment, Dr. Yasser Zeid filed a lawsuit against the 7 women and Special Health Resources for Texas for “in excess of $1M”. He also filed a temporary restraining order against the 7 women requesting that they all be prevented from providing Women’s Health services in their community until the case goes to trial in May, 2020. That temporary restraining order was granted and has now become an injunction, meaning none of these 7 professionals can provide Women’s Health Services to the women they have cared for in their community (some for over 30 years). The basis of this lawsuit is fear of competition, and it affects over 900 women in our community. This severely affects their right to chose their provider, and it affects the right of the 7 Nurse Practitioners/Certified Nurse Midwives to work and provide a living for the families in the profession they have spent most of their lives training for.
Petition to Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen
Novo Nordisk: Stop the insulin price hikes
Here’s the bottom line: people are dying because the price of insulin is increasing every single month. Since 2014, the price of insulin has increased by a shocking 64%. Who is one of the the worst offenders? Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company that increased the price of its insulin by 6% over the course of just two months this year. This just after it promised to cap annual price increases to single digit percentages. Novo Nordisk controls a quarter of the global diabetes market, and they aren’t using it for good. In 2011 alone, diabetes products alone brought in $8 billion This is literally life or death for many, and Novo Nordisk doesn’t appear to care. Antroinette Worsham’s daughter, Sylvia, was found dead after she was found rationing insulin because she just couldn’t afford to get another vial. Affording medication can mean either death and debt for many — and those choices just aren’t good enough. Novo Nordisk: lower the cost of life-saving diabetes medication.
Petition to INOVA Cornwall Behavioral Health, INOVA, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
Remove the Director & Charge Nurse of Cornwall Behavioral Health Unit for Abusive Behavior
While I received treatment at Inova Behavioral Health's Adult Inpatient Program (Corwall in Leesburg, Virginia) I feel I was verbally abused by staff and witnessed the unfair treatment of my peers. I believe police in tactical gear were unnecessarily called on an unarmed mentally ill patient. The individuals in charge of the situation must be held responsible. We need to remove the director & head "charge" nurse of Cornwall Behavioral Health Unit. The situation triggered and harmed the mental wellbeing of patients. It is the job of staff to deal with crises situations efficiently and effectively. I feel several patients were unfairly discharged in an attempt to silence patients and keep them from communicating with police. I am asking that INOVA removes or demotes the director & charge nurse of INOVA's Cornwall Behavioral Health Unit. I am also asking that nurses and tech members in the inpatient unit be trained to better handle crises situations without unnecessarily escalating the situation. My opinion on the situation is not an attempt to slander INOVA, but rather a request for better treatment of patients. I believe INOVA needs to review the standards they have set for healthcare in their behavioral health units. We need to show INOVA we mean business. Help us get to 100 signatures. Again, we need to remove the director & head "charge" nurse of Cornwall Behavioral Health Unit. They are in charge of overseeing everything and should be held responsible.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Give Veterans proper treatment for their pain
Due to the opioid crisis, the Veterans Administration (VA) is no longer prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Their new policy is to only give them for 14 days after surgery or for patients with cancer. This is unacceptable. I have needed opioids for service connected pain since I left the military over 20 years ago. I haven’t become addicted yet, but the VA wants to quit giving them to me now, without an adequate replacement. Their policy now is to wean us off of them and wish us the best. This is totally unacceptable! Like thousands of other Veterans, I am left to try to find pain relief on my own, outside of the VA. The suicide rate for Veterans is currently 22 per day. Watch the increase in suicides over the years to come, because of Veterans being unable to cope with their pain. Please sign my petition to reverse the VA’s decision in this matter. "Any nation that does not honor its heros will not long endure" - Abraham Lincoln "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards." - Theodore Roosevelt
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.
Petition to U.S. Senate, Dan Brown, Kathy J. Byron, Lee Ware, Mike Cunningham, Timothy Hugo, Bill Eigel, Jason Holsman, Daniel Marshall, III, Jacob W Hummel, Robert B. Bell, Israel D. O'Quinn, Jamilah Nasheed, Bob Onder, Ron Richard, David E. Yancey, John Joseph Rizzo, Caleb Rowden, Margaret B. Ransone, Dave Schatz, Scott Sifton, Wayne Wallingford, Michael J. Webert, Paul Wieland, Tony O. Wilt, Christopher T. Head, Jeion A. Ward, Mark L. Keam, Eileen Filler-Corn, Kaye Kory, Joseph C. Lindsey, Lamont Bagby, David J. Toscano, Steve E. Heretick, Michael P. Mullin, Jeffrey M. Bourne, President of the United States, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, U.S. House of Representatives
Stop Forcing Mail-Order Pharmacy as the Only Option of Coverage
Patients' lives depend on choice. **Since starting the petition, I have realized that there are many issues other than temperatures with forced mail-order pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacy is very loosely regulated. There are life-threatening delays, lack of face-to-face relationship with pharmacists for people with chronic conditions, and rapid closures of our independent pharmacies; although, a recent study showed people prefer independent pharmacy (2018, Gill). *************Our Story************* Our son, received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 2 from a 3-year-old little girl. His life depends on the potency and effectiveness of chemotherapy/immune suppression medications every 12 hours to prevent his body's immune system from fighting off his transplanted liver. In the past mail-order delivered his liquid oral medications in nothing but a plastic envelope on a 102-degree day on a hot enclosed not temperature controlled UPS truck. Shortly after, he went into liver rejection which could have resulted in complete liver failure or death. I speculated that the medication could have been too weak after the delivery of medications in high heat. I vowed to never again risk his life with mail order pharmacy. Recently, we were mandated/forced to only use mail-order pharmacy in order to receive coverage for his life-saving medications. The package arrived in only a bag on a hot day without an ice pack. The hot non-temperature controlled enclosed delivery truck can reach temperatures up to 170 degrees. His labs elevated again afterward. My son wants to know, "Why would they do that?" I contacted the manufacturer, who performs the testing stated that both of my son's medications should be discarded and considered less potent once stored above 86 degrees as higher temperatures and freezing could both result in lower potency. Liquid medication is the most harmed by the mishandling of medications outside of the manufactures temperature storage guidelines. I contacted the mail-order pharmacy who refused to replace or take back the medication. They said the law & USP Pharmacopoeia allows them to ship up to 104 degrees, although the manufacturer states it is not proven safe at these temperatures. However, I have received communication from USP Pharmacopoeia who writes guidelines for storage, and they also said that the mail order pharmacy should follow the manufacturer's guidelines of 59-86 degrees for storage. Again, the trucks reach up to 170 degrees which is much hotter than 104. I contacted the FDA, who states that the mail order pharmacy should be using the manufacturer's guidelines that have been proven safe..However, since the mail-order pharmacies are regulated loosely by the State Board of Pharmacy, not the FDA there was nothing that the FDA could do. I made over 30 calls to the insurance company begging for them to please let us pick my son's medications up at the local pharmacy at which they are filled. My son's physician wrote a note/appeal as his transplant team has stated that they have tried to voice their concerns about this issue with their pediatric/child patients and no one is listening! The insurance company still denied the doctor's appeal for us to pick up my son's medications in the safest way. It was not until the Media became evolved that the insurance company budged. I felt helpless and have united with many other pharmacists, physicians, patients, mothers and fathers, and caregivers who feel the same way. Helpless. Mail-order of prescription drugs should be a choice, not the only option of coverage. Mail-order pharmacies may appear to save money, but when my son ended up in the hospital after taking medications that could have been compromised by having lower potency, the cost of the rejection was thousands of dollars. If his liver would have fully failed, the cost of his liver transplant for just 5 days (he was in the hospital for 5 weeks) was over $1,000,000. The lax regulation and oversight may save money on prescription drug plans but may come at an increased cost to the health plan itself. Also, keep in mind the endless waste of medications that automatically are sent regardless of whether or not patients need them. Also, people with chronic, complex conditions, should always have the option of face to face interaction with a pharmacist who knows their complex needs and medical history. The pharmacist and patient relationship is crucial to the successful outcome of the patient's overall health. Taking this away is harmful to patients and be more costly to our already stressed healthcare system. Another important fact. Mandatory mail-order programs are discriminatory. It is estimated that 40% of the homeless are disabled. How is mandatory mail order fair and working for them as they may not have an address and not even know where they will be from day to day? Only allowing mail-order pharmacy for coverage is unethical and irresponsible. I share stories on my social media sites every day of patients who are suffering from lack of choice. We need your help to make mandatory mail-order an option, not a mandate. YOUR URGENT SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES! THANK YOU!! WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS, CAREGIVERS, & PATIENTS. Thank you, Loretta Boesing, Founder of Unite for Safe Medications You may make a tax-deductible contribution to support our advocacy here Email: email@example.com Facebook Page: Issues with Mail Order Pharmacy @justamomwholovesherson Twitter: @BoesingLoretta The greatest way that you can help is by sharing this petition & gathering 2-3 people in your community who are having issues and speak to your legislatures. Reference: Gill, Lisa L. “Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies, CR's Ratings Show.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports, 7 Dec. 2018, www.consumerreports.org/pharmacies/consumers-still-prefer-independent-pharmacies-consumer-reports-ratings-show/