Health Care

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Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Marlon E. Kimpson, Wendell G. Gilliard, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Henry McMaster, South Carolina State House, South Carolina State Senate, South Carolina Governor, Katrina Frye Shealy, Margie Bright Matthews

Come together to support women's health in South Carolina

The state of South Carolina's PPO plan, under Blue Cross Blue Shield, does not cover comprehensive care for women. Let's come together, stand up for state workers, and ensure women's access to health services.  We are asking for: 1. Annual Wellness exams for all women primary care members and dependents be covered by PEBA. This includes the office visit, Pap test, pelvic exam, and breast exam. 2. Contraceptive coverage for dependents of primary care members. Currently, all state workers in South Carolina are covered by PEBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Under this plan, annual wellness visits for women are not covered, unless members opt for the high deductible HSA plan.  The lab costs for a Pap test are covered, but the office visit, pelvic exam, and breast exam are not.  This puts the health of women at risk, as many people cannot afford the costs of an annual wellness exam.  We ask that South Carolina get into step with the rest of the nation and protect the health of its women.  Wellness visits are already mandated by federal law. There is nothing stopping our legislators from stepping up and standing up for women's health.  The majority of states offer coverage for wellness visits and contraceptives for members and dependents.   Mammograms are already covered, but breast exams remain an effective, useful, and inexpensive way of screening for cancer, as well as pelvic exams. Please add this coverage for women.  Additionally, contraceptives are not covered for dependents of primary care holders. If a state worker has an adult child who needs birth control, the burden of the cost falls on the family.  This puts the health of the dependent at risk, as many families cannot afford this financial burden.  We ask that the state of South Carolina respect the autonomy of women and acknowledge that choosing birth control is a responsible way to protect one's self.   South Carolina, please protect the health of our women!

Susan Klein
305 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to New York State Senate, Kemp Hannon, John Flanagan, Andrew Cuomo

Pass the "Nickolas Bill" so our tiniest newborns don't die.

On to the Governor's desk. Our bill is now before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We are hopeful that the governor will sign the bill into law and on Jan. 1, Medicaid will pay for pasteurized donor breast milk for premature infants in New York State whose moms are unable to nurse them. Thank you, state Sen. Kemp Hannon for getting this bill out of committee and on to the senate floor for a 61-0 unanimous vote, and for graciously accepting our petition with 11,000 names. Thank you Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, and the bill's many co-sponsors in the state Assembly, who rallied with such conviction around this measure. Here at the New York Milk Bank we're also so grateful to Emily Bell, who took time off from work to travel to Albany last week and share her very powerful and heartbreaking experience with state lawmakers. She shares our conviction that every premature infant should have access to pasteurized donor breast milk when their mother is not yet able to nurse. We will continue to ask for your signatures until Gov. Cuomo signs this important bill into law, and we thank you for sharing our link on Facebook.  Every additional signature supports our efforts to make pasteurized donor breast milk available to every premature infant in our state. If you are not from New York, we still ask you to sign. The strength of our support can only bolster efforts in other states to make donor milk available to infants whose mothers are unable to nurse. Nickolas Bell (above, with his mom) weighed just two pounds when he was born 14 weeks premature last year, but both infants were thriving in the care of Dr. Boriana Parvez, a neonatologist at Westchester Medical Center who prescribes donated human milk to preemies whose mothers are unable to nurse. The tiny twin brothers had to be switched to formula so they could be moved to a NICU near the family's home and they didn't have a way to cover the cost of donor milk. Almost immediately after he was given formula, Nickolas developed a devastating intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC, which strikes one out of six preemies who are given infant formula. Nickolas died June 30, 2015. He was five weeks old. "A huge part of my heart was lost that night," Emily Bell said. "My husband and I lost a son we wanted for so long and our surviving son lost a brother he will never get to know." The New York State legislature only has until June 16 to pass a bill that would direct Medicaid to reimburse hospitals that give donated pasteurized human breast milk to premature babies who are struggling to survive.  The milk costs just $4.50 an ounce, but it's an overwhelming cost for many young families. Our non-profit organization, The New York Milk Bank, is currently developing a statewide network of donors and recipients to fill a growing demand. Most hospitals can't prescribe donor milk because Medicaid won't cover the cost -- although it will cover the cost of a $300,000 operation and countless dollars in after care for infants who are struck by the disease. With passage of a law to enable Medicaid coverage for donor milk, all NICUs could prescribe it for their endangered preemies. We're calling this pending bill the Nickolas Bill, after Emily's firstborn twin, Nickolas Bell, and we're asking state Sen. Kemp Hannon, who has shepherded this bill out of the Health committee he chairs, and the temporary Senate President John J. Flanagan, from Long Island, to make it a priority to pass this bill before June 16th, 2016.  We are so grateful to Sen. Hannon for taking the bill this far. But these are hectic final days in Albany, and we're very concerned that if we don't get immediate senate approval the bill could languish until fall.  Please don't let that happen. A delay means more of our babies will needlessly die this year -- NINE premature infants die from this intestinal disease every month in New York State. Many more survive and require surgery that can cost Medicaid $300,000, and countless additional dollars and suffering in ongoing healthcare costs.  A delay means we could have dozens of newly bereaved young mothers, who will needlessly lose their newborns to this deadly intestinal disease, joining in with us at the New York State Capitol in the fall to ask again for the passage of this bill.  Passing this bill will save the taxpayers of New York money, but more importantly, it will immediately save lives, and it will prevent other parents from suffering a devastating loss. "The passing of the Nickolas bill is so important! It can help prevent so many babies from suffering the way Nickolas did," Emily said. "The Nickolas bill means everything to me. It is unfortunately too late for my son but it's not too late for other babies."

The New York Milk Bank, Inc.
14,224 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families

Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not.  Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement.  A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?

Daniel Jimenez
774,824 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Judge Stephen C. Shannon

Prevent Hospitals from Seeking Guardianship As Means 2 Override Patient Rights

Anastasia on Facebook I used to think all the talk about "murder boards" in hospitals was a fallacy.  However based on recent family events sadly they are true.  Currently there is not a law that prevents hospitals from seeking guardianship as a means to override a patients rights to dispute discharge or treatment decisions. While there are specific instances where taking guardianship of a patient is not only advisable but is absolutely necessary when life is threatened, such as in the case of minors who need a life saving treatment but the parents refuse to allow it due to personal values or religious beliefs; however even those instances should be few and far between. Instances like those that have happened to our family the last few weeks, where a parent, family member who holds a legally executed power of attorney and stands 'in loco parentis' for an incapacitated family member can have their powers summarily and arbitrarily suspended or terminated because they disagree with a hospitals decision not to treat a condition because a doctor perceives the patient has no quality of life because they suffer from a brain injury and feels the person "would not want to live that way" should never happen! Quality of life is something that cannot possibly be known or measured with the limited and superficial contact that occurs in a hospital setting and is something best left to the patient and those closest to them. To have strangers come in and forcibly tear you from your loved ones, to abduct your person, because that is exactly what this is - an abduction - is terrifying for a person with a brain injury and other such patients. It is terrifying for an incapacitated person who has relied heavily on and whose life, happiness and well-being has depended on a family member that it is so inextricably intertwined it is impossible to separate one existence from the other without creating great psychological and emotional harm and trauma. I can say this because I have had to watch my sister whimper and cry out in fear since guardianship of her was awarded to Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians. I have had to watch the expression of fear on her face while being told lawyers would now be her guardians and that I no longer had control over where she lived, who would be caring for her, what medications she could or could not be given, or treatments she would or would receive. I did not and could not tell her these same two lawyers also had the authority to place her in clinical trials, and had the authority to dispose of her remains how they saw fit. When Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians removed her from the hospital without notifying a single family member I had to watch the expression on sadness and bewilderment at seemingly having been abandoned when I walked in six hours later because it took our Virgnia State Delegate making calls to locate her because Inova had ordered their nursing staff to not give me any health information, just as they chosen to ignore my power of attorney before we went to court.  I have had to watch her being over medicated and suffering while her guardians were missing in action because they signed papers to have her sent to a substandard nursing facility and then went out of town for several days.  I have had to physically clamp off my sisters feeding tube to prevent her from being given three sedating medications directly after giving her morphine because a nurse said she could not give my sister her regular medications when she would normally get them because their “protocol” only allowed them to give her medication at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.  Which means she was receiving a massive dose of 600mg of Neurontin, 2mg of Klonopin, and 10mg of Ambien on top of morphine in an 8 hour period!  Now maybe it’s just me, but you do not administer those medications, at those doses to a 5’2” 108lb female unless you are trying to put her into a coma or kill her. Stand with our family if you believe this is egregious and sign our petition to not only stop Inova Fairfax Hospital from killing or intentionally putting our sister in danger and to STEP ASIDE and let Anastasia's family care for her as they always have done; but to have legislation put in place to prevent this from every happening to anyone else's child or loved one every again!!    Here is is a link to the meeting with Kelly Armstrong, PhD and the Inova Fairfax Casemanagement team.  

Yolanda Bell
150 supporters