healthcare reform

62 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jimmy Anderson, Jill Billings, Katrina Shankland, Dave Hansen, Robin Vos, Dave Considine

Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

As a person managing type 1 diabetes myself of over 15+ years, I understand that affordable insulin is truly a life and death matter. Simply put, INSULIN IS NOT OPTIONAL.  That’s why I am seizing the opportunity to support proposed legislation that would cap the amount insulin can cost in Wisconsin. I need your help to make this law a reality.   There is a health care crisis happening around the country. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 1.25 million Americans. 200,000 of them are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes - it is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Insulin should not be so expensive that people have to worry about how they’re going to afford this life-saving medication.  I’m proud that my home state of Wisconsin could become the next state, after Colorado, to put a price cap on insulin. Although $100 per month for insulin remains unaffordable for many, this legislation is an important first step and is very exciting -- particularly because insulin can cost as much as $500 per month. My hope is that Wisconsin can help lead the national conversation around health care reform, but I need your support to make it happen.    Add your signature of care and tell the Wisconsin Legislature to cap the price of insulin in Wisconsin at $100 per 30-day supply. The pharmaceutical companies that control insulin pricing should be ashamed. This law can help put some humanity back into our healthcare system by making insulin more affordable for thousands of people. Help make this legislation a reality.  If Colorado can do it, so can Wisconsin, and so can every state so that no matter where a diabetic lives, they can access life-saving medication without emptying their bank accounts.  Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes at Please add your signature to this document to show your government representatives, Reps. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg), Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse), Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), that you support the Wisconsin Insulin Price Cap Bill. This will help Wisconsin families everywhere live easier while managing the auto-immune disease, type 1 diabetes. Help to end disparities in the type 1 diabetes community so all families of different socioeconomic circumstances managing the condition can live easier with it.  The official definition for type 1 diabetes, as told by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is: "Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive." Type 1 diabetes effects approximately 1.25 million Americans. Of this number, 200,000 are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes. It is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Should this bill go through, people managing type 1 diabetes can be less stressed about the cost and reach better blood-glucose levels to live better with the condition. Learn more about T1D community disparities here: Learn more about the bill here: Watch this petition for updates.

Julia Rose
59,111 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump

End Predatory Healthcare Pricing

I recently served as president of a Miami hospital and got an insider’s view of the healthcare system. The lack of “legitimate” healthcare pricing has destroyed the system. Ask the price of any healthcare service and you will always receive the same answer: “What insurance do you have?”  Billing is determined by how much can be extracted from each patient on a case by case basis. Because billing rates are not set, the industry is able to prey on patients at their most vulnerable. And if you are out of network or uninsured, you pay the highest rates. A simple blood test for cholesterol can range from $10 to $400 or more at the same lab. Hospitalization for chest pain can result in a bill from the same hospital for the same services ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or more. Price transparency initiatives are futile when prices may vary by a factor of 100 for the exact same service performed by the same provider. To stop the bleeding, Congress need only require that healthcare providers publish “legitimate pricing” which means, they can continue to set their own rates, but - a different rate for each patient - must be prohibited. Rates must be published in a uniform format such as industry standard CPT codes or a percentage of Medicare rates. Every citizen would be empowered to search any medical procedure online and see pricing for all providers within X miles. It would be as easy and familiar as checking the price of any other goods or services. Legitimate prices mean networks will be obsolete, along with the administrative burdens, tremendous costs, and limitations on patient choice which they impose. Reducing healthcare costs is the only way to materially lower health insurance premiums. Legitimate pricing will force providers to compete. Costs and therefore insurance premiums will plummet overnight. But if we keep the status quo, we will continue to see rising prices and outrage over medical bills. We shouldn’t have a system that makes us so powerless. To reverse our nation’s financial bleeding and end restrictions on patient choice, we petition for the President-Elect's support for Congress to empower citizens by mandating legitimate healthcare pricing.

STEVEN I. WEISSMAN, A Former Hospital President
112,662 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Bloomfield Township, Leo Savoie

Establish a “soft billing” policy for Bloomfield Township EMS

Bloomfield TWP, MI currently engages in hard billing for its EMS through Medicount billing services. This means that the city, like most medical providers and some municipalities, attempts to collect any remaining balance after insurance (if any) has paid for ambulance services directly from the patient. With a soft-billing policy, a city accepts the payment provided by the insurance and writes off the rest. At the most, the patient might get billed, but they would not be sent to collections for failure to pay. Unfortunately, the collection agency Bloomfield TWP contracted with (Merchants & Medical Credit Corporation) has proved on at least one occasion to attempt to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by lying and otherwise trying to convince a Medicaid recipient that they were legally liable for the balance when it was incorrectly billed by the billing company. This was only discovered because the person happened to themselves have extensive knowledge and experience in patient billing and in Medicaid billing in particular (they had almost memorized the Medicaid provider handbook).  Therefore, the township contracts with a company for its EMS billing collections that is under active investigation for potential Medicaid fraud for lying to people, telling them they owe money they do not, arguing with the people who dispute them on the issue, refusing to send the error to the biller, and telling them to pursue futile courses of action to correct the issue when the person refuses to accept the answer. This is upsetting when you consider that the people being sent to collections needed an ambulance and were, therefore, more likely to be elderly and/or disabled. Meanwhile, the biller Medicount is not fixing errors that the person reports to them after receiving the initial bill, especially when Medicaid is approved retroactively, and it still sends people to collections. It seems likely that that people have paid money they do not owe or have been harassed and perhaps had legal action taken against them. Despite numerous attempts at contact and seeking resolution to this egregious matter by city leadership, there has been no comment to address the following questions and concerns:  1. There is no money to be made or recouped from billing Medicaid as secondary for a patient. For some reason, the law allows Medicaid to pay 20% of the Medicaid-approved rate, which is often much lower than that approved by primary carriers such as Medicare. If, however, Medicare already paid 100% of the Medicaid-approved rate, then Medicaid pays out nothing. Re-billing Medicaid and forgiving a debt of a person who truly owes it would result in the same income. Is there a situation where the biller and/or the collections agency is purposely failing to properly bill Medicaid as secondary in an attempt to instead get the co-payment from the patient? 2. If, instead, the error was due to simple incompetence, should we expect to believe that this billing error and subsequent refusal by the collections agency to relay the error was a rare, one-time occurrence? 3. How many people in general would one expect to have the in-depth knowledge on the subject to dispute the collector's repeated insistence that they are liable for the balance? 4. How many people would instead believe the collections agency or otherwise have paid the balance? 5. How many people HAVE paid the balance despite it not being their responsibility? 6. How many people have NOT paid the balance and have been harassed, taken to court, and had their credit reports affected due to a liability they did not owe? 7. What auditing does the township do to ensure the collections company remains ethical and honest? ----- It appears unlikely that switching to a different collection agency would be effective or at the least reliable to prevent such behavior. Even on the slightest chance that this was an isolated incident, is the city budget such that there would be significant harm without the revenue generated by a collections company wrangling money from sick and often elderly people who required emergency services beyond their control and don't have the financial means to pay the balance on an amount they never had the opportunity to even negotiate in the first place? Therefore, please sign this petition to tell the city leadership to support and protect their most vulnerable residents from the harms of the collection companies they contract with now or in the future by instead writing off such balances instead of sending them to collections and being put at risk for the predatory behavior described herein. Medicount offers such a "soft billing" option; tell Leo Savoie and the rest of the Bloomfield Township administration to take them up on it.

Adam Sherman
174 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, The Department for Health and Social Care, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nancy Pelosi

Replace CDC HIV Dir @DrMerminCDC Immediately! He's involved In Coverup Of Hate Conspiracy

I have no HIV Care Doctor and no functional interface to social services as a person living with HIV/AIDS that hate is being held against me and others in the HIV Communities as a policy administration with a hate bias internal of the HHS / CDC / Ryan White Care Act Funded Services and Doctor Provider Care.  All involvements of access to care terminated. This is what happened in my very last HIV Doctor Clinic Session [ Link has �️ Spoken Voice Text Narrative Interface ]  ------- This Petition Description Has A Spoken Voice Text Narrative Audio File Available To Link and Play at [  Playtime 9 Mins 13 Seconds ]  Alternative Direction - Instead of Replacing Dr. Mermin, We Take On A Different Change Paradigm -- Peace Reconciliation Absolutions and Resolves!!   Time For Something New!    All Unite For Commons Messaging and Music Presentation [ Playtime 34 Minutes ] *** RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE SYSTEMIC WICKED PROBLEM OF INTRACTABLE CONFLICT TO A WIN-WIN SOLUTION --- THE ENTIRE RYAN WHITE CARE ACT POLICY ADHERENCE RULES AND REPRIMANDS FOR VIOLATIONS ---- Starting at the top and working down to each local service agency/client interfaces and HIV doctor provider care for complete new understanding!   See  Time to give up the hate and the old paradigms of thought that your observed bias of hate-based judgments consider that "The Dirty" do not deserve access to care [ link County of Santa Clara v. HHS ] and deserve to die.  This is not right. As said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those touched and who sought to touch him: "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not." - Source: Robert F. Kennedy 1968 Requires Reaching To New Understandings of what is "The Dirty" that is made in this 911 SOS Urgent Address To Former President Barack Obama as having an interceding "Moral Responsibility" due to the fact that he placed pen to paper and signed the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act that has been severely abused to have massive and grave consequences with actual casualties in our HIV communities across this nation of uncountable and invisible and highly unnecessary and preventable HIV Deaths. A secret agenda observed for a long term period conspiracy that the Trump policy change doubles down on that belief of faith.  This enforces a very harmful policy rule that persons living with HIV deserve to die by preventable HIV Death by intentionally obstructing life wellness outcomes, ensuing chaos harassment and intentional forced direction persecutions into insurmountable walls of oppression [ obviously defined ] by a cause of intent by persons in the system to sentence members they dislike within the HIV communities nationally region to region to perpetual states of homelessness living with HIV/AIDS disease in the United States of America.  As a systemic problem SHOUTS a message from the system as an interfering hate paradigm against community members and the entire HIV community as:  "Go *uck Off And Die!"  ------- Over the past several months, I have attempted to have my correspondence with the acting CDC HIV Director Doctor Jonathan Mermin acknowledged and responded on. I am desiring an official authority of an agency to respond a response of responsibility. At first, the introduction was on Twitter and he immediately acted to violate my citizen's rights by blocking my account on twitter.  The concerns that I am needing to discuss is how the I personally have lived through two regional attacks of hate, harassment, and retaliation campaigns targeted against me to remove me and my HIV Housing residency from these communities.  In the most recent case from the regional service area of Denver Colorado, it would become apparent after my defeat of my eviction case that right before I left the Denver area for my hometown of San Bernardino I named Jamie Villalobos regional director of the Colorado Health Network the puppeteer of this hate campaign targeted against me.  That reflection of mine was made in a facebook live video recorded a couple of days before I left town.  It would not become self-evident who is responsible and should be held accountable until the first reports two weeks after I left town.  This by negative outlook employee Glassdoor reviews for Colorado Health Network.  This was in July of 2017.  Reports reflect, "Dishonest Business Practices, To Stay Away. They Violate The Privacy of Clients, one report noted that "If you don't gossip like a teenager, you will be an outsider" and another report says they had a big investigation of racism and discrimination.  Two employees quit. The investigation was reported as inconclusive.  The author of that last mention has this to say in conclusion: Q: "How can an organization thrive when a top official is racist? If you are a woman or person of color, it is very hard to move up in the org and be heard. If you are a cute, white male, you will do well in this company" A: The reason is that there is a hate conspiracy here affecting motives of unprofessional actions, interferences, and retaliation against dissenters, and protection for wrongdoing that soars all of the way up the chain to the CDC HIV Director as my attempts to uproot this at every single level - attempted --- to get a response to conduct an accepted complaint to be processed and acted on.  So far that has not yet occurred. At the time of the Colorado Health Network investigation report, that may have been found inconclusive.  But looking at it from a fully vetted and documented perspective from this time 2019 looking at the entire umbrella of hate protecting this system by inputting and taking into account the collective reporting of similarly structured and worded Glassdoor negative outlook employee reviews of this dysfunctional foundational set forth within --- a corrosive of trust --- in the Ryan White Care Act funded social service agencies region to region, that this hate conspiracy is top rooted founded in the CDC administration of the HIV Treatment and Prevention program as a federal program of government-sponsored hate. As the entire system is protecting the haters and that the haters have been allowed to win, there is no accountability for when the directors and leaders of the agencies themselves injure the community to which they are supposed to be serving.  In the case of Colorado Health Network, no one has been taken aside and reprimanded.  The person must be held accountable for these concerns is CDC HIV Director Doctor Jonathan Harry Mermin. Glassdoor Reviews: Colorado Health Network Collective Region To Region Filed Glassdoor Report Findings Directory Samples Beyond The Pale Outside of Direct Involvements ....and another One Bites the Dust Aug 18, 2016ACCESS AIDS Care Logo".....and another one bites the dust."Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VADoesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEOI have been working at ACCESS AIDS Care full-time Pros None come to mind at the moment and I am really trying to come up with one or two.Cons -Executive Director angry and VERY retaliatory. -Mismanagement of grant funds. AGAIN. -Executive Director still there even after extortion case. -Very unorganized . -Favoritism if your in the click. If not oh well. -Treats employees and clients like they are nothing. -Low pay for an extreme amount of committment. -ZERO ROOM FOR ADVANCEMENT. -If I could leave zero stars i would.. -I'm sure you get the picture.Advice to Management Restructure the entire organization starting at the top and working down. Why the Board does not see where the problem lies is beyond me which makes me look at the Board as well. ----- Disappointment and Mendacity [ Cascade Aids Project ] Cons Management is hostile to the union represented staff. The organization only works with a narrow part of the community yet markets something different to look more comprehensive than it is. Much of upper management is threatened by change, is conflict avoidant to the point of dysfunction and is retaliatory when confronted. Often, people with poor skills are promoted to leadership and this creates frustration and a sense of unfairness highlighting backroom agreements meant to undermine. Morale is dreadful. In the past few years most staff have been fired, pressured to leave, or asked to work with compromised ethics. Gay, black, HIV+, and trans identified staff have been systematically marginalized. CAP treated HIV+ staff as second class citizens, ignored client request for change, and silences critics. If you go against CAP, even if justified, you will find it hard to work in the HIV community in Portland. The board is completely distant from the staff and the clients being served, and act condescending and unhelpful. You would think if 50% of the staff leave in a few months time, it might be a wake up call that there are big problems that can't be dismissed as "disgruntled" staff. Since CAP is the only game in town for HIV related needs, they have no checks and balances and no accountability when they injure the community they are claiming they serve. ----- Google Review for my hometown Ryan White Care Act funded Agency of Foothill Aids Project in San Bernardino.  Aaron Jacobson has been told to me to be a member of the Inland Empire HIV Planning Council.  Foothill Aids Project670 N Arrowhead Ave Suite A-B, San Bernardino, CA Aaron JacobsonLocal Guide · 1 reviewa year agoThis agency is FRAUDULANT in its services and practices when it comes to serving the HIV population and utilizing Ryan White Funding. My recommendation for any HIV client interested in signing with them is to run as far and as fast as you can...they treat HIV consumers with contempt and umprofessionlism. 11 And what is set into motion that Doctor Mermin Cannot ignore, his NPI Data Record Page has been placed Disqus! Commenting a ComplaintsBoard Post that has been human reviewed by a content moderator and allowed to be visible as: and my personal peacebuilding networking web presence of a truth and trust binding onto Dr. Mermin name.  These content data folders contain the FAX HISTORY of correspondence attempts to compel Dr. Mermin to get involved to respond a response of responsibility. DEAR PUBLIC --- Please Sign this petition, call me and call the CDC to compel a response from the agency in these regards.  My number is 909-763-8481 and my name is Martin. Please involve yourself in the VERY DETAILED ACCOUNT of these circumstances.  The proof of conspiracy is found by the non-professional actions against me individually and the reported conditions of agency involvements in dysfunctional employee work environments that not only is negatively impacting client standards of service quality and care but are actually a force of injury upon the HIV Communities nationally region to region that must be acknowledged and addressed.  So far, no one in official authority has given a response to these documentations of multiple sources reporting this situation as haters run-a-muck and haters being allowed to win.  This is an unacceptable condition of health in our country. #ConspiracyExposedTerminatesASAP : #GovernmentSponsoredHate #HivUntreatable : Attempting to have an honest discussion in doctor/patient clinic care, results in physician terminations of care.  Social services already detach services when attempting to have a conversation on a local level with these agencies. #9Scourges12Steps : The 9 Scourges of Inequality and the 12 Steps of Social Improvement to Rebuild Trust In Our Communities.

James Driskill
13 supporters