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Petition to Comerica, Sam Johnson

Comerica Bank - Stop Blocking Payment to Indian Pharmaceutical Companies

Comerica Bank, stop blocking payments to Indian pharmaceutical companies. I have Addison's Disease. I go into life-threatening shock within 24 hours of not taking my medicine, much like a diabetic not taking their insulin. Cerecor pharmaceutical company raised the price of my medication (which President Kennedy took), by about 10,300%. The price went from $8 to $845 per month. Obviously I can't afford that on social security. My Medicare prescription insurance was not covering costs that high. For several years I received my medication from India. The price was about $18 per month. The medication was good quality and I consistently and reliably received my order every month. No more getting to the pharmacy only to discover the prescription had been filled but I couldn't pick it up because of some insurance issue. No more calling an ambulance to get a shot of the medicine in the emergency room. In December my Comerica Bank social security debit card suddenly began to claim my pharmacy is a scam and won't allow me to charge my orders. I managed to get a temporary supply that has run out. I have been sick for a month and had to call an ambulance again two weeks ago due to life-threatening side effects from the "alternative" medication. I am still sick from the incident. Comerica management refuses to resolve the issue. I called Sam Johnson's office in December since the problem is with my government-issued social security debit card. It is now June and the issue remains unresolved. Comerica Bank, quit blocking charges to AIP*GSSHONGKONGLIMITTE . Sam Johnson, please assist me in resolving this issue with my social security debit card.

Forest Cathy Broxterman
94 supporters
Decision maker responded 2 months ago

Petition to Alyssa Johnson

Petition to pass the Medical Nutrition Equity Act!

The Medical Nutrition Equity Act (MNEA) will help thousands of people across the United States. I myself have Phenylketonuria (PKU) which is an inherited metabolic disorder detected through Newborn Screening program nationwide. PKU means my body cannot process the essential amino acid, phenylalanine, and also cannot produce another essential amino acid called tyrosine. Because of this I, along with all other PKU patients, must carefully eat, medically necessary low protein foods, most of which are not found in the marketplace, and consume a medically prescribed formula every day. This medical food and formula is VERY expensive and is unaffordable for most Americans. The medical formula alone costs between $12,000-$15,000 per year. Far too many patients have to fight for insurance coverage, facing repeated denials for their medically necessary treatment. Staying on the PKU diet is crucial. An untreated child with PKU can lose 4 IQ points per month and will suffer severe and irreversible intellectual disabilities before reaching toddlerhood. Children and adults who are not on treatment experience other medical issues including depression, impulse control disorder, phobias, epilepsy, tremors, and pareses. A pregnant PKU woman who is not on diet just before and during her pregnancy is very likely to produce offspring who may not survive, and if they do, will most likely suffer intellectual disability, microcephaly, congenital heart disease, and intrauterine growth retardation. Treatment for PKU can be financially burdening to families and therefore many patients consequently go untreated. You may be wondering “Why should I sign this? Who am I really helping?” By signing this petition you will be supporting the Medical Nutrition Equity Act (MNEA) - H.R. 2587 and S. 1194!  This legislation will not only help PKU patients like myself, but also other Americans with serious metabolic and digestive disorders such as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Cystic Fibrosis. The MNEA would require ALL insurance companies in the United States to cover their required medically necessary treatment. Unfortunately, not many people know about the MNEA, so with the help of the New England Connection for PKU and Allied Disorders (NECPAD) and the National PKU Alliance (NPKUA) I have created this petition to raise awareness. The metabolic and allied disorders community wants to see change. We want to see a difference in how people understand these conditions, and we want every single person to have a fighting chance in life and not be financially burdened to do so. We believe it is time for Congress to pass the Medical Nutrition Equity Act to protect Americans with metabolic and allied disorders being denied access to medically necessary treatment. We need to give them a fighting chance in life. After all, we are people NOT just a diagnosis. On behalf on NECPAD and people across the United States with metabolic or allied disorders, we hope you will support us by signing this petition and passing it along to your families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Be the change you want to see the world! You have a chance to make a difference for so many people. Sincerest regards, Alyssa Johnson  PKU Young Adult NECPAD Board Member  

Alyssa Johnson
12,356 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Dana Holmes

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois needs to approve and pay for Alicia Flannery's Care

On February 4th, 2018, Alicia Flannery suffered a tramatic brain injury and has been in a coma at Abington Memorial Hospital in Suburban Philadelphia. Alicia is an otherwise healthy, 42 year old Mother of 2 boys, ages 8 and 12.  We are working tirelessly to give her the best possible chance of a meaningful recovery. Unfortunately, we are insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and they value profits much more than human life.  We worked with a Social Worker from Abington Memorial Hospital and selected Good Sheppard in Allentown for neurological rehab.   Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois denied our first request.  Their initial denial was based on their opinion that it's "not medically necessary".  After a peer to peer conversation, they changed their story and said that "she's not responsive enough to benefit from therapy".  I'm curious as to how they think she might improve without therapy. In an effort to work with them, we went to a second facility, Fox Subacute Clara Burke in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  We were denied again. Time is of the essence in a situation like this.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has purposefully drug their feet.  We have been fighting the battle to get Alicia in to a reputable rehab facility for about 3 weeks now, and unfortunately Alicia is left rotting in a hospital bed with no access to any therapy of value to her situation. Truthfully, we are amazed at the heartlessness and lack of compassion from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.  I could not treat an animal the way that these people have treated my wife.  Alicia and I both worked in the Insurance Industry and have many contacts helping and supporting us.  Everybody tells us that they have never seen a case like this.  This is as cold, callous, and inhumane as an Insurance Company can get. Please support this petition.  Thank you in advance. Jim

Jim Flannery
7,475 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to JD Hickey MD, Andrea D. Willis MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee: allow my husband the appropriate care he needs.

February 1,2017 my husband went into cardiac arrest after a month long stay in the hospital for pancreatitis. From his cardiac arrest, he obtained an anoxic brain injury. He has been in 6 different facilities, during this he has been under 3 different insurance plans due to my job. The most current is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. It has been nothing but hassles since January 2018. He was at a facility that was appropriate for the level of care he needed as he has a stage 4 pressure sore and is unable to participate fully in any type of therapy. Most rehab facilities will not accept patients with an open wound or if they are not able to participate in 3 hours of therapy. At the most recent facility he was improving, although still unable to participate fully in therapy. On January 16, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s Medical director decided that he no longer qualified for the LTAC level of care and denied his extension at that facility. I’m doing that, it forced that facility to hastily find a new facility for him, and he has since been placed in a nursing home. They are unable to provide him the proper level of care he requires and has started to decline.  Blue Cross Blue Shield has now denied his current facility because of his physical therapy notes, he is unable to participate and so they denied his extension here. My husband is now in limbo, not appropriate for either location. So where does he belong then? Too good for the last place, but not good enough for his current place and so he regressed. He needs to be appropriately evaluated and allowed to go to the facility that will take care of him best. He needs iv antibiotics for his pressure sore, bed rails on his bed so he doesn’t fall out of bed and people that know how to deal with a brain injury patient. He’s only 38 years old and we are now a year and three months into this whole ordeal.  Please! Someone at Bcbs Tennessee must have some compassion! They should not be basing their decision off of PT notes, they need the whole medical chart!

333 supporters