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healthcare

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This petition won 6 years ago

Petition to Total Health Care, Linda Alexander, Total Health Care marketing, Total Health Care info, Randy Narowitz, CEO, Marcie Johnson, Chief Administrative Officer, Daniel Lennon, President

My mom has terminal cancer, don't turn your back on her

My name is John. My mom, Karen Oberg, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer about 9 months ago. While this has been a really hard time for us, I've been fortunate to be able to take leave from my job and spend these last months with her. Things were going well until recently when scans revealed the cancer was still very prevalent. From what doctors told us, she may only have one or two months to live. I need your help because our insurance company is bullying us around right in the middle of my mom's second-line chemotherapy. Her insurance company, Total Health Care, is not living up to its promise -- or name. Out of the blue, Total Health Care decided they would no longer allow my mom to continue going to the University of Michigan to receive treatment. The insurance company has been covering us for the University of Michigan for seven months now, so why are they all of a sudden refusing to continue her coverage when she only has months to live? On Monday, January 20, no more than 12 hours before she was scheduled to receive chemotherapy treatment, we got a call from U of M notifying us that Total Health Care refused to continue covering my mom's treatment there. We were heartbroken upon hearing this, and we were confused about why Total Health Care didn't have the heart to call us directly. After hours upon hours of pleading with Total Health Care over the phone, they wouldn't budge. This is especially frustrating because we're waiting to hear about the status of an operation which can help alleviate some of my mom's pain. The care and compassion we felt from U of M means nothing to them, and my mom is being looked at as nothing more than a dollar sign and a statistic to this insurance company. After a poor experience with a misdiagnosis from my mom's previous hospital and after establishing incredible relationships with doctors at U of M, we have built a true bridge of trust. It's the only place my mom feels comfortable, and as she recently told me, "Hearing bad news at U of M is easier than taking good news from the other hospitals we've been to." Even with a three hour round trip, we know the University of Michigan has so much care and compassion, which we feel from all of the U of M staff and doctors, particularly her oncologist. Their warmth is unmatched throughout the health care system. I ask and thank you for supporting us in our effort to convince Total Health Care to allow us to continue receiving treatment at University of Michigan. After being through so much together, my mom and I want these last few months together to be as joyful as possible. Quality health care from doctors we know and trust is all we ask for. She is currently not receiving chemotherapy because of her discontinued service. Continuing treatment at University at Michigan is how that can happen and we are so thankful for you support on my petition!

John Oberg
186,614 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Representative Val Demings, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott, Florida Representative Geraldine Thompson, Timothy Hearn

You should not have to leave the hospitals to breathe!!

I among many others have asthma and am very sensitive to perfumes, colognes, and many other strong scents.  I have had numerous hospitalizations and every time there is a delay in my nursing care as they can not find a nurse to care for me that does not have on perfume or other strong scents.  Nursing Staff, Respiratory Therapists, and Doctors wearing perfumes are counter indicative to patients trying to receive medical care, especially those with pulmonary issues.  There is no medical reason for perfumes and scents would be an attribute to the health care of patients.  This petition would be to ask the for the U.S. and Florida public officials to come up with and pass legislation to prohibit scents in medical facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care organizations.  I have also asked the Joint Commissions of Accreditation for Hospitals to add it to their list when examining these facilities but it really needs to be a law in order to help all patients not just those who are seeking accreditation.  By making these prohibitive, it would make recovery for those with breathing issues avoid reactions and causing alternate breathing issues.  It is not just those with breathing issue but others that have allergies and sensitivity to perfumes, colognes, and strong scents. 

Timothy Hearn
168 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Francis Collins, Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster, Yvonne Lau, Richard Ricciardi

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Often unrecognized PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can cause many physical and emotional symptoms and for the up to 10% -20% of women and girls with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Worldwide, it is estimated less than half know what it is or that they have it. Many women with PCOS, have gone years without the proper diagnosis and have silently suffered not knowing what was truly wrong. Even in today’s medically advanced era, women from around the country are experiencing the same lack of response from a medical community with little understanding of PCOS, except in cases when the infertility aspect are addressed. As a result, single women, adolescents, LGBT, older women and those not trying to get pregnant have little chance of being diagnosed!!! PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems if left undiagnosed or untreated. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. So why does all of this this matter? PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility in women of reproductive age PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women PCOS affects an estimated 14 milluon reproductive-age women in the U.S. Over 50% of PCOS patients are obese 50% of PCOS patients have diabetes by age 40 Approximately 34% of women with #PCOS have #depression and 45% have anxiety. PCOS patients are at higher risk to develop high blood pressure, lipid disorders and coronary artery disease As many as 40% of PCOS patients as young as age 30-45 may have coronary calcification (a warning of heart attack risk) To put this in to further perspective... PCOS affects about 14 million women in the USA. That's more than the number of people diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus combined!" - Louise Chang, MD Therefore, PCOS leaders, government officials, organizaions and advocates are charged with identifying strategies for achieving substantial improvement in the quality of health care and education for all patients living with the syndrome.  PCOS patients can not and should not simply be dismissed as a gynecological or infertility problem! With more than half of the women with PCOS predestined to have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes before the age of 40,  and increased risks for heart disease, stroke and endometrial cancer, finding ways to diagnose, screen and educate on the connection between thesee diseases to PCOS is imperative! Without the proper education and awareness of these connected disorders and the seriousness of PCOS as a metabolic endocrine disorder, these epidemics will continue to rise. The NIH needs to allocate more than 0.1% of funding to the approximately 30 million women affected in The United States and needs to engage and direct federal agencies to support more research, better physician education and better tools and resources for women and girls with the syndrome to live healthier lives with healthier outcomes!

Ashley Levinson
36,164 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

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.

Linda Reinstein and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
138,544 supporters