Petition to UPMC Health Plan
ALS Medicine Insurance Coverage
My dad, Dave Flaugh, is battling ALS. In August 2017, a new medicine for ALS called Radicava was brought to the U.S. As you may guess, our family was excited to learn more about it and how it could benefit my dad. However, we have come across a roadblock. UPMC Health Plan is refusing to cover the cost of the medicine which is over $145,000/year of treatment. I’ve started this petition because I need your help to get UPMC to cover his treatment. Your signature could help save my dad’s life. UPMC's stand is that they will only cover the cost of the medicine if the ALS patient has been diagnosed within the last two years. My father was diagnosed in August of 2015. He is active and doing much better than most with diagnoses of over two years. Also, we began inquiring about Radicava before the two-year diagnosis deadline. UPMC also said that they would only cover it if the patient's respiratory function is over 80%. My dad's is at 65% right now. Pulmonary function is a major concern with ALS. Without this medicine, my dad's pulmonary function will continue to decrease. This is an example of an insurance company playing God. How can you tell my dad that he does not deserve the chance to fight this disease with everything the medical community has to offer? According to ALS News Today, "Radicava has been found to slow down the decline of physical ability in ALS patients by a third". After hearing the positive impacts that Radicava can have for ALS patients, how can they stop my father or anyone from receiving it? My family, and I'm sure others with UPMC insurance, do not have time to waste. Please sign and share my petition to UPMC Health asking them to cover Radicava for ALS patients like my dad – today.
Petition to university of florida
Bring Free Menstrual Products to UF
On average menstruating people have their period from 3 to 7 days and menstruate from age 13 until age 51. That means they endure some 456 total periods over 38 years, or roughly 2,280 days with their period — 6.25 years of their life. No wonder periods are so expensive. Because the University of Florida does not offer free pads and tampons, students are forced to go home early or skip class completely when their cycle starts unexpectedly. A low-income student faces the choice between a meal and being comfortable, and that shouldn't happen. We want the University of Florida to provide its students with the necessary menstrual care items, just like it provides ponchos, condoms, and hammocks for its students to use. Providing these items would eliminate a barrier to a student's' ability to study and excel academically. Because we are the number 9 public university in the country, we should be leading by example. But, we're already behind. Other universities who have already brought free tampons and pads to their campus include: -FSU -University of Wisconsin-Madison -Emory College -Brown University -Harvard -University of Arizona -Columbia University -Reed College -University of Nebraska at Lincoln -UCLA -Grinnell College -And others Implementing an initiative like this on campus would make our school a more inclusive community, demonstrating that we care about the comfort, accessibility, and education of over half of our student body. As our campus becomes more inclusive and accessible, our students will feel more comfortable, safe, and happy.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Kathleen Rice
Only 4% of Federal Funding for Cancer Research Goes to Childhood Cancers
My 6 year old son was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) on July 31, 2017. This is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. In quickly trying to learn all I could about childhood cancer and his disease, I learned some horrifying statistics. He has an 8% chance of surviving 5 years and this is largely because of the limited 4% of cancer research funding that is allotted to all childhood cancers – while 96% of that cancer research funding is allotted to adult cancers. In the United States, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer each day. Each day seven children lose their battle with cancer and die from it. One out of 5 children diagnosed with cancer, will die from their disease. It is the number one disease related cause of death in children. Adult and childhood cancers are biologically different. Therefore, children need different drugs and different treatment to treat their cancers. In six years, 77 new adult cancer drugs have been discovered. However, in the last 77 years, there have been only 3 new drugs for childhood cancer—two for Leukemia and one for neuroblastoma. Meanwhile, there are 12 types of childhood cancer with hundreds of subtypes. Since my child has a “rare” cancer he gets a smaller piece of that already minuscule piece of the “funding pie”. There have been no changes to treatment and outcomes for his particular cancer in several decades. Americans spend more in three days on Starbucks coffee than the federal government spends on childhood cancer research in a year. This system is broken and killing our children. Something needs to change. Childhood cancer isn’t rare. What is rare is awareness, funding, and research. Our children, my child, needs your help. They need someone to be their voice since they are too little to fight for themselves. From the bottom of my broken heart, I am begging you to help make a change. Please sign and share this petition asking Congress to give our children more cancer research funding – now.
Petition to Dubai Health Authority, Abu Dhabi Health Authority
Create a Suicide Hotline in the UAE
Suicidal thoughts are a lot more common than you might think they are. Everyone thinks about suicide, just at different rates and levels. Suicidal people exist, and they’re silently struggling every day with thoughts they cannot escape without help. These thoughts slowly consume the person’s energy and motivation, leaving them without a purpose to go on or carry out their daily routine activities. Hundreds of people die by suicide each year in the UAE, and it shouldn’t be that way. Suicide is 100% preventable, and people should have the support that they need. I started this petition because I care about each and every person struggling with suicidal thoughts. I already know a lot of suicidal people, and everyone knows at least one person who is suicidal. A lot of people end up living with their suicide attempts while fewer succeed. Although a lot of attempters survive, they shouldn't have to reach a point in which they feel like death is the only escape. Instead, their attempts should be prevented. This petition is meant to be the first step towards establishing a suicide hotline in the UAE, which will save thousands of people from suicide. Your support matters. Each and every signature counts. Each and every signature makes a difference.
Petition to Robert Califf MD, Peter Lurie, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D., Bob Casey Jr., Jeff Shuren MD, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD, Donald J. Trump
Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.
Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques. Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator. However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer. Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well. Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body. This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer. It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated. This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades. A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma. This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation. A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept. Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation. This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice. People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out. We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.
Petition to United States Congress
STOP GOVERNMENT POLICE MISCONDUCT AGAINST
DOCTORS AND NURSES
WE NEED 150000 SIGNATURES: Civilian Police Review Committee of all Medical Boards DEA and MEDICAL board police misconduct against doctors and nurses has reached epidemic levels and corruption is rampant False Reports, Retaliation, Perjury, Tampering with evidence, Concealing evidence, Harassing employees, Threatening harm, controlling the judges, and disregard of due process rights are common practice. Texas Medical Board. Prosecutors and Lawyers with the Medical Board identified by U.S. Judges as corrupt and breaking the law is common. DOJ Employees. A Civilian Police Review Committee will help Doctors and Nurses be treated fair by the police and the DOJ bullies when violating doctors' rights. Police Review Commission. The DEA is targeting thousands of doctors and patients with chronic pain and Sickle Cell patients are dying at young ages as a result of the false convictions against doctors. The DEA, Attorney General, Medical Board, and the Judges are all on the same team, leaving no Constitutional Protections or Due Process Rights for the doctors and nurses. Take a look at the senseless arrest of Nurse Alex Wubbles by two rogue police officers recently in Utah. China and other countries are shipping tons of deadly prescription drugs to this country but the Medical Board / DEA are targeting "real" Americans with "real" symptoms and locking their doctors up in jail. Meanwhile, China ships enough illegal drugs to kill 32 million U.S. citizens weekly. PETITION SPONSORS: American Pain Institute (API) National Pain Patient Coalition (NPPC) World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) Black Doctors Matter (BDM) Doctors Of Courage (DOC) Juneteenth National Holiday (JNH)
Petition to Congress and the U.S. senate
Transforming Treatable Tragedies.
Help us end the neglect of those with untreated serious mental illness. The time is now to change laws in our broken mental
health care system. How many more tragedies must we tolerate ?
Many lives have been lost and families destroyed, because of this brain disease or mental illness . Science and research has proven that with treatment the illness is treatable, and this prevents tragedy. Because of the complexity of this brain disease many who suffer from this illness lack insight of their illness and are able to refuse treatment and this intensifies their psychotic symptoms and usually brings upon dier consequence and sometimes even death . Parents who know their loved ones history, are being excluded in the treatment and medication plan due to privacy laws . Families are unable to get treatment and long term residential care for our loved ones., Our jails have become flooded with our sick loved ones and are not receiving treatment. Our communities have become unsafe, all because our mental health system is broken. Our nation is experiencing a crisis. We as families affected have come together to support any legislative efforts that address this issue and will not cease until we have achieved an awareness and put a stop to the madness. ..join us, share with others and share your story as others have. Transforming Treatable Tragedies. A modern day movement....donations accepted.. Www.transformingtreatabletragedies.org
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Health Coaches - You Ready to Change the World?
We all know the problem, trillions are spent on "healthcare" yet we're sicker than ever before. We need a game changer, a disrupter, a new type of leader. Shifting people from unhealthy routines to sustainable, health and happiness promoting habits brings lasting wellness and lower healthcare costs. The system is not sustainable and Health Coaches will work alongside our allies to rectify our current healthcare crisis. But we can’t do it alone. HEALTH COACHES - we need you to take action! New drugs and expensive invasive and dangerous interventions are not going to lift us out of the mess we're in, the growing movement embracing a holistic approach with food and lifestyle changes as the new prescription of choice. Join us. Tell Congress to support Health Coaches! Sign the petition here to have the letter below sent directly to your members of Congress to show your support and be sure to contribute to the fundraiser.