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healthcare

175 petitions

Update posted 4 days 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
4,995 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
21,844 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to NYRA

Secure Funding for Saratoga Backstretch Workers Clinic

Each year close to a million people visit the Saratoga Race Course to enjoy top level thoroughbred racing. During the season, close to 3,000 horses compete in these exciting races providing entertainment to trackside fans and those watching on television. All of this is possible because of the approximately 2,000 backstretch workers who feed and care for the horses. Most of these workers are immigrants who work extremely long hours in hazardous conditions for low wages performing work others are unwilling to perform.   An onsite medical clinic is one of the few benefits enjoyed by the backstretch workers. The clinic traditionally relies on funding from the New York Racing Association (NYRA), which has been reducing its annual contribution to the point where, this year, it looked like the clinic would not be able to operate for the full period that workers are in residence.  Only a last-minute increase from NYRA and a one-time charitable donation made it possible to restore the clinic to full operation. Please sign this petition to urge NYRA to make a commitment in its annual budget to adequate, continued funding for the backstretch clinic.  Only such a commitment will ensure that basic medical care is available for the people who care for the horses, the people who make racing in Saratoga possible.   References: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Backstretch-workers-going-without-healthcare-12881918.php https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Editorial-Saratoga-s-ungilded-age-12886010.php https://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Track-healthcare-rollback-rescinded-12907752.php https://m.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Editorial-Secrecy-is-back-at-NYRA-12920905.php    

Terence Diggory
853 supporters