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Petition to James Ryan, Pamela Sutton-Wallace

Medical Bills Should NOT Prevent Educational Goals at the University of Virginia

Nacy Sexton loves learning. He wants to use his education to become a teacher and instill his love of learning in others. When he was accepted at the University of Virginia (UVA), he couldn’t believe it -- He was on his way to becoming the first in his family to graduate from college, and he felt honored to be enrolled at such a prestigious institution. Nacy’s studies were interrupted when he was diagnosed with Lupus Anticoagulancy, a rare blood disorder. His illness forced him to take time off so he could heal. As a full-time student with only part-time work, he was soon faced with a pile of medical bills from UVA’s medical center that he couldn’t pay. When Nacy tried to re-enroll at UVA, he was devastated by the university’s response. With just two classes remaining before he could earn his degree, he was blocked from re-enrolling -- not because he was delinquent on his tuition or other education-related expenses, but because of those unpaid medical bills. The University of Virginia informed him that he must pay his medical bills before he can return to finish his degree. Nacy should not be punished because of his illness. He should not be prevented from finishing his degree because of the high cost of health care. UVA should do the right thing, and allow him to re-enroll and eventually graduate, as he continues to repay his medical bills. Nacy is not the only student impacted by UVA’s medical bill hold. That is why we call on UVA to immediately remove medical bill holds on students. A place of learning should not use medical bills to block its students from their educational goals. Nacy's full story can be found at his GoFundMe page: Nacy's story was also featured on CBS 19:   Washington Post Article:

Shane Keen
3,598 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Blue Shield of California Board of Directors

Act like a real nonprofit or give the public back its $10 billion

Nonprofit healthcare organizations that receive big tax benefits are supposed to serve the best interests of the public.  That’s not what’s happening at Blue Shield of California. Up until March of this year, I was Director of Public Policy. But with Blue Shield disregarding its nonprofit duties and senior management refusing to change course, I resigned my position. I now need your help to send a message to Blue Shield that it’s time to either get serious about doing public good or give back to the public the $10 billion in nonprofit funds that they hold.  Blue Shield is not supposed to be like other health insurance companies. Officially, Blue Shield is a nonprofit social welfare organization. And because it promised to serve the public interest, it was granted a tax exemption. But Blue Shield executives run it like a for-profit company: billions in profits, multi-million dollar pay for executives, the same high rates as for-profit insurers--all the while depriving the public of the social welfare benefits taxpayers have paid it to provide. That’s wrong! One solution would be for Blue Shield to relinquish to the public its nonprofit funds so that they could be used to improve community access to healthcare. And there’s precedent for this. In the 1990s, two California nonprofit health insurers that turned away from serving a public interest mission were forced to transfer billions of dollars to public benefit foundations.  The other solution would be for Blue Shield to act like a real nonprofit. Since Blue Shield is sitting on about $10 billion in nonprofit assets, it should be providing about $500 million a year in community benefits--an annual return of 5%, which is standard for nonprofit public benefit foundations. So join with me, and demand that Blue Shield do its duty as a nonprofit or give back to the public the $10 billion in community benefit assets that it holds.

Michael Johnson
14,581 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to Aetna Coventry Medicare, Aetna

Approve transfer of James Gillespie to a hospital that can help him recover.

I need help! (NO DONATION- only signatures & prayers please!) My father went into the hospital for a gallstone, 78 days ago. UPMC Hamot dropped him and broke his back after surgery. He is now paralyzed with a tracheotomy/feeding tube/colostemy bag/catheter. He has a bed sore the size of a volleyball on his back that is going to need surgical intervention. They just informed us that after 6 weeks of doing all of the above, that they recommended to heal him, there is nothing they can do, because of his acuity! AFTER THEIR EGREGIOUS CARE DID THIS TO HIM!!! We can transfer him to UPMC in Pitt but they aren't going to do anything either. Just let him lay there We need him out of there immediately!!  It is my belief that 98% of their staff is amazing, but 2 % are killers.I am going to release a story a day of their negligence, and trust me I have them! We have never left Dad alone, someone always stays to advocate, but what good does it do when they give you attitude and drop him right in front of you, after you begged 4 120lbs aides to not lift your post op- 400lb 6'5' father!! It's called GRAVITY. (Especially, if you do not use the proper procedure by inflating the bed or the Hover mat!).We want to take my father to another hospital- either Select Specialty Hospital  or Cleveland Clinic but my parent's insurance #AetnaCoventryMedicare (#AetnaCoventryHealthcare) will not approve the move saying he is fine at UPMC or can go to a 1 star Nursing home. WHY won't they approve it when the facility's  we want to go to accept their insurance?When we can go somewhere that a top Neurosurgeon can see him and see if we in fact CAN do something? Dad hasn't even had an MRI of his spine because he can't fit in the non open air MRI machine at his current hospital!! Even if there was no surgery Select Specialty Hospital (Erie, PA) at least can give him some rehab so we can see if he can gain any use of his legs and maybe prepare him for his new life. Why? Because one of the ppl who works @AETNA CoventryMedicare told us on the sly, "The insurance doesn't "want to pay another "entry fee" to an acute facility!"  Please sign this petition that hopefully can get the insurance moving.I need your help saving my father's life! Thank you. (Again, sign & share, say a prayer- but do not DONATE- the donation does not go to us, but to the website)  

Tammy Pescatelli
3,660 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to American Osteopathic Association Board Of Trustees

Keep Osteopathic Medicine Osteopathic

The defining characteristic of what makes Osteopathic Medicine different than non-Osteopathic Medicine is the osteopathic content that is taught and tested at different levels of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine's training. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is the largest association of Osteopathic professionals in the U.S. and also oversees the Osteopathic Certifying Boards of Specialists. The AOA leadership is in the process of creating Osteopathic Specialty Board exams that are devoid of osteopathic content. The individual Osteopathic specialty boards, the AOA house of delegates, the AOA-affiliated societies, and the AOA members at large have not request a board exam option that has absolutely no osteopathic content on it. We feel that: 1. in order for someone to become osteopathically board certified in an osteopathic medical specialty there needs to be osteopathic content on that osteopathic certifying exam. 2. The AOA offering an Osteopathic certification specialty board exam option that is devoid of osteopathic content does not promote osteopathic medicine. 3. Osteopathic certification specialty boards should be in keeping with the objectives of the AOA and only strive to maintain and improve upon a high standard of Osteopathic medical education. 4. If the AOA certifying specialty boards offer a board certification option that is devoid of osteopathic content, it is tantamount to the AOA declaring that osteopathic content is not an essential part of Osteopathic Medicine. 5. With growing dissatisfaction of the American people with mainstream medicine and an Opioid crisis of epic proportions, now, more than ever, it is in the best interest of the public health for the AOA to dedicate itself to only promoting Osteopathic medicine and all those that are interested in practicing osteopathically. 6. There is a "DO Difference" and it ought to be promoted and celebrated and expanded upon. Keep Osteopathic Content in all Osteopathic Specialty Certification Board Exams!!

Rebecca J. Bowers, D.O.
2,840 supporters