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Petition to Cigna, Texas State House

Cigna: Finnley needs HELP! Please cover his speech therapy

My son Finnley Sharp excelled in all his fine motor skills and milestones. He is super smart and active! Said several words and would blab up a storm. I noticed in January of 2018 when Finnley was 18 months old that his verbal communication had completely stopped. He was getting sick a lot and always tugging at his ears. I took him to see his pediatrician in Texas and sure enough the ear infections started. By May 2018 he had 6 ear infections. We found out he was allergic to Penicillin and Cefdinir. PCN actually made his muscles inflame and he could not walk or move for a week. It was extremely scary. Unfortunately his physician did not refer him to see a pediatric ENT and I grew frustrated and pulled him out of Daycare and left TX back to TN to his see his physician. She was very concerned with his speech delay and mile stones all being delayed when they were not prior. She referred him for TEIS (TN Early Intervention Systems) and a ENT I took him to the ENT. Audiologist did his hearing test and said that he could not hear that well and at certain points did not respond at all. Also did a test and he had fluid in his middle ear with no infection at the moment. Within a few weeks Finnley got tubes in his ears and one of his first words again was GEKKO from PJ Mask, I love you (more like I uh u), DADA, MAMA and PAPA. I cried with joy the first time I heard my sons voice again. Finnley was seen by the Early Intervention team in TN and was diagnosed with a delay of 40% with Speech and Communication also 25% delay in Cognitive and Social. He was approved and ready to start. Unfortunately I could not do this all on my own. I was in TN alone. We had no one for support or help. I had to return to TX. I needed, we needed the support of my husband. I started all over again here. Cigna says they approve 60 visits in a physical year. The company Riverkids that my son has been seen by was approved (payable) for 3 visits and denied for any further therapy. They said my son is not eligible because it is not RESTORATIVE. The benefits now want to exclude Speech Therapy for our 27 Month old son when he has been seen and covered for 3 visits and was 100% covered in TN. My son acts out and has a very short attention span. We really need the Speech Pathologist with Riverkids to see our son at his daycare to help him speak and communicate. He is frustrated and does not seem to understand. He has only picked up 3 more words (more like sounds). Examples: "Mo ease" for More Please. "Ah du" for All Done. "Wad dat" for what's that? His delay is now a full year behind. I'm the voice for our son, Finnley. He deserves the chance to be at his full potential. I'm asking you to please sign this petition to help MY SON! Thank you, Amanda Soliday-Sharp(A concerned mother)

Amanda Soliday- Sharp
40,306 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks 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
120,181 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield N.J.

Insurance refuses to pay for Life Saving Operation for Ovarian Cancer

  I am seeking any way I can to get the word out about insurance companies giving death sentences to women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I have Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield N.J. health insurance. Three and a half years ago (October of 2014) I received a diagnosis of Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is usually diagnosed after menopause. However, some have been diagnosed as early as their 40’s or 50’s. This is not what you would label an “old person’s disease”. I began treatment with IV chemo, surgery (complete hysterectomy) followed by more IV chemo. By June of 2015 I was in remission.  I was in remission for two years. Two weeks before Christmas in 2017 I was told the cancer was growing. It had now spread to the liver, spleen and diaphragm. My doctors at Cancer Treatment Center of America, Chicago told me my best (and only option quite honestly) is a procedure called HIPEC Surgery. Without this procedure, the cancer will continue to spread. Our insurance pre-certification was submitted and surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018. On Friday, March 16, after a day of pre-op testing, BCBSNJ notified the hospital the claim was being denied. This was an hour before everything shut down for the weekend. The reason? BCBSNJ is calling it experimental. This procedure was approved by the FDA in 1999. Two appeals have been filed and denied. As an alternative, my doctor wanted to perform surgery to remove the tumors (called debulking). Now we are being told this will not be approved because it was part of the original request for pre-certification. The part of this procedure they are labeling as experimental is a heated chemo placed in the abdominal cavity for two hours. How can they say no to a life-saving operation that has been performed for 20 years?! I have spoken to others who have had the same diagnosis, received the procedure and are living healthy lives today. So yes, there are insurance companies that do approve this. My husband and I are middle class people. He has worked for the same company for 38 years and always thought his insurance would be there when he needed it for either of us. We are currently trying to figure out a way to finance this procedure out of our pockets. BCBSNJ needs to update their coverage!  Please sign my petition and share it. Ovarian Cancer is a devastating disease, but there are procedures that can eradicate it. Insurance companies should be in business to help save lives – not condemn women to a death sentence because of outdated policies!  PLEASE SHARE ....... GET THE WORD OUT AGAINST THESE INSURANCE COMPANY'S.... Thank you!  My friend Joyce started a Fundraiser to help pay for the HIPEC part of the surgery that the insurance wont cover ($35,000). Here is the link. Any thing will help and thank you for sharing this and if you helped with the Fundraiser.    https://www.gofundme.com/lifesaving-surgery-for-janine-may        

Janine May
5,070 supporters