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Medicare

45 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Medicare.gov

Medicare prevents using a smartphone with the Dexcom G5 system

Diabetics around the country depend on a Continuous Glucose Monitor to keep track of their blood glucose (sugar) levels at all times. Without a CGM it is extremely difficult to keep track of the ebbs and flows of sugar levels. The CGM provides vital information to all diabetics and their caregivers, so that they can know and treat their high blood glucose levels (to prevent hyperglycemia) and low blood sugars (to prevent hypoglycemia), before they become a problem. Before the creation of the CGM people walked around with super high blood glucose levels and some went into DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) which can, and has resulted in death of many loved ones. Each "transmitter" (the part responsible for "transmitting" the blood glucose data to the "receiver" - blood glucose data is sent every 5 minutes) is allowed TWO connections through Dexcom -- the company that makes CGMs for diabetic patients. Being able to use TWO devices is critical to diabetics and their loved ones! Being able to share the transmitter output data with a relative or friend who watches and checks in on you is one of the key advantages of the Dexcom system. There are applications that exist both for the Android and iPhone smartphones that can be downloaded, which allow the data from the transmitter to be seen by anyone who downloads and connects to that transmitters data. So, you may be surprised to find out that recipients of Medicare are able to use a CGM to track their BG levels, but they ARE PREVENTED FROM DOWNLOADING THE BG APP ON THEIR SMART PHONE, WATCH, OR OTHER "SMART" DEVICE!!  If they use an application to track their BG (specifically, the Dexcom G5 Mobile app, developed by Dexcom), they forgo Medicare reimbursement for the Dexcom system/supplies.  Why would such a rule ever exist in the first place? IF a transmitter CAN accept TWO connections and a diabetic, or the caregiver of a diabetic, WANTS two connections so that they can have a better quality of life, why would MEDICARE PREVENT this from being possible? It costs the government NO money! It takes NO one's time except the diabetic to download and connect to the data. Let's fight to get this rule ELIMINATED so that Medicare recipients around the county can download the App on their smartphone to be able to access the data from a second device! Together we are strong. Together we can make change.

Harold Martin
18 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to HHS Secretary Thomas E. Price, M.D, President of the United States, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan

Save Medicare From Corporate Greed

“The primary goal of publicly funded healthcare programs like Medicare is to provide high-quality medical services to those in need – not to line the pockets of participants willing to abuse the system.” said Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown. UnitedHealth Group Inc. should be banned from all publicly funded healthcare programs in any and all capacities.  This includes Medicare Advantage insurance plans, Medicare supplement insurance plans, administering Tricare benefits, managing prescription benefits, providing care to patients covered under publically funded healthcare programs, etc. Currently, the United States of America is suing UnitedHealth Group, Inc. for defrauding the Medicare program: 1) United States of America ex rel. Benjamin Poehling v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., CV16-8697 (May 2, 2017) https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/us-intervenes-whistleblower-case-alleging-unitedhealth-group-mischarged-medicare UnitedHealth obtained inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about the health status of beneficiaries enrolled in its largest Medicare Advantage Plan, UHC of California. Medicare Advantage plans receive taxpayer-funded payments based on the severity of illnesses of their enrollees. Additionally, UnitedHealth knowingly disregarded information about beneficiaries’ medical conditions, which increased the payments UnitedHealth received from Medicare. 2) United States of America ex rel. Swoben v. Secure Horizons, et al., CV09-5013 (May 16, 2017) https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/us-intervenes-second-whistleblower-lawsuit-alleging-unitedhealth-mischarged-medicare This related action that also alleges UnitedHealth submitted false claims for payment to the Medicare Program. UnitedHealth Group, Inc.  knowingly obtained inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about the health status of beneficiaries enrolled in UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage Plans throughout the United States. UnitedHealth avoided repaying Medicare monies to which it was not entitled. UnitedHealth ignored information about invalid diagnoses from health care providers with financial incentives to furnish such diagnoses. These providers received payments from UnitedHealth tied to the amount of payments that UnitedHealth received from Medicare, and thus benefitted financially from any increase in Medicare payments resulting from the diagnoses they provided. UnitedHealth allegedly knew that its financial arrangements with these providers created a strong incentive for and increased the risk of these providers to report invalid diagnoses. UnitedHealth’s own reviews of these providers’ medical records confirmed that the providers were reporting invalid diagnoses. But upon obtaining such evidence, UnitedHealth knowingly avoided further efforts to identify invalid diagnoses from these providers and repay Medicare monies to which neither it nor these providers were entitled.    

Physicians Saving Medicare
11 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Colleen Hanabusa, Mazie Hirono, David y. Ige

Medicare For All needs our help, so let's create a Health Caucus in the HI Dem Party

Aloha! We want Universal Single Payer Health Care, aka, Medicare For All, but, congress needs persuasion, Governor Ige needs persuasion, so, let's up our organizing game by making a Health Caucus in the Hawaii Democratic Party. If Democratic Parties in all states form a health caucus aimed at getting HB676, Medicare For All, passed, we might create the enthusiasm the democratic party needs to do something we all want, and then based on that success, retaking congress in 2018 could become a possibility.   I'm not sure how appealing the democratic parties current theme is:  "the ACA is as good as it gets, don't ask for what the rest of the world has, just oppose republicans, and keep voting for us." With a Health Caucus, we can better represent people who are suffering from the economic injustice of our current 'private insurance' model of Health Care. Universal Health Care will wipe away many of the hardships currently faced by people with disabilities, rare diseases, who have low income, and might be a senior citizen.  It will significantly lower the cost of health care while improving the delivery of health care.  Business will save enormously, and, Universal Health Care makes Workers Compensation insurance unnecessary.  Think about that; no more workers compensation insurance to pay for.  Employees, when injured, just go to any doctor they want, without needing to prove that the injury was work related. http://www.pnhp.org/ Our first meeting is this Wednesday, May 17, at the Hi Dem Party HQ on Oahu. Event info can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1690230837945550/ The meeting will be live streamed and is available for phone conference: Here is the info for the conference/video conferencingTo join the conference via phone:  Dial: (712) 451-0200Access Code: 938390 To participate in the video conference: Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconfere ncecall.com/dph2017 Online Meeting ID: dph2017   Aloha! Dennis B Miller Email:  singlepayerhawaii@gmail.com                                                                     https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthcareforallhawaii/                                                                www.healthcareforall-hawaii.com    

Healthcare For All Hawaii
22 supporters