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Petition to Don Davis

Vehicles for the Vulnerable

Like many families with disabled family members, transportation is a struggle with my son Jayden and me.  A wheelchair accessible van would alleviate our issues, but the cost is too high for a working mother with student loan debt and other expenses that come with daily life. Medicaid can help, but their policies make it nearly impossible to get what families need. They help with accessible vehicles in two ways. They will either pay to add modifications to an unmodified vehicle, or they will help with the purchase of a previously modified vehicle by paying the cost of the conversion toward the total price of the vehicle. Recently, I requested an already modified vehicle, and was approved but only for $7,175.00. A conversion costs upwards of $20,000. I learned that for unmodified vehicles, Medicaid pays for nearly 20 conversion items, but will only cover four items on a previously modified vehicle. Many conversion items on previously modified vehicles are necessary for even the most basic conversion. For example, any vehicle with a ramp needs a lowered floor, but that item isn't covered by Medicaid for previously modified vehicles, though it IS covered on unmodified vehicles. If Medicaid would cover the same conversion items on a previously modified vehicle as they do on unmodified vehicles, I would be able to purchase the vehicle and finance the remaining cost. I don't want to buy an unmodified vehicle because there is no guarantee modifications would be approved, and the conversion process itself takes eight to ten weeks. I have already been battling Medicaid for over three months. Please sign this petition to require Medicaid to cover the same conversion items on a previously modified vehicle that they cover on a modified vehicle. My child should not have to be confined to our home over a policy which can be revised to work in favor of our disabled children, rather than against them. ********* While I'm fighting this policy, I still need adequate transportation for my son. Therefore, I am posting the link to a GoFundMe Campaign to raise the money to purchase a vehicle in the meantime. Any money raised will be applied to the cost of the vehicle, whether Medicaid helps or not. Thanks again!********

Rebecca Fontes
98,432 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to government of Trinidad & Tobago, Minister of Works & Transport

T&T Gov't Petition: No Maxi & Taxi Fare Increases! Implement Price Controls!

Trinidad & Tobago is in a Civic, Social, and Economic Decline. On October 1st 2018, Government made the decision to remove $1 from the gas subsidy to help stabilize, and turn around our national economy. Yet, efforts are being made by others seeking to exacerbate the situation, adding further constrains on families and society. Maxi and Taxi operators are one such group. Without care or consideration, they intend to effectively capitalize on this national crisis to make more profit by unjustly, and disproportionately raising commuter fares.  They are able to do this because they, their unions, and associations are independent, under-regulated, and have full control over setting public commuter fares. Maxi and Taxi operators ply their trade, work however they want, whenever they want, at the expense of the traveling public to fuel their greed, love of money, and selfish ambition; all the while making no financial contribution to the state through taxation as one who is regularly employed. They have a freedom without care and responsibility.  If ONLY the commuting working class can raise their own wages when they wished as they do! And pay no taxes on their incomes as they do! Be accountable to no one as they are, at the turn of every unfavorable decision affecting them!We the commuters of Trinidad & Tobago demand greater responsibility and control by government over public transportation fare pricing by immediately introducing price controls for all maxi and taxi routes to prevent maxi and taxi operators from unjustly hiking their fares. We ask for the introduction of taxation measures to ensure maxi and taxi operators pay their due to society as other citizens do to government. We ask that government consider introducing competition through privatization of our public transport sector as other Latin and North American countries have done to encourage investment, entrepreneurship, greater diversification and choice, to discourage malpractice and monopolization in this industry by Independent Maxi and Taxi Operators. The current framework in which our public transport in our country operates and depends upon is outdated, under-developed, and counter productive. We can no longer bear with this system, and any more irrational price hikes by irresponsible public transport operators. We ask/demand immediate control and relief by our government to protect the interests of all from the greed of the few. Sincerely, All Commuters of Trinidad & Tobago    

Anonymous Citizen
168 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Senator John Thune, Senator Roger Wicker, Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Deb Fischer, Senator Jerry Moran, Senator Dan Sullivan, Dean Heller, Senator Jim Inhofe, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Todd Young, Senator Bill Nelson, Maria Cantwell, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Ed Markey, Senator Tom Udall, Senator Gary Peters, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Maggie Hassan, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator John Tester

End Air Ambulance Price Gouging

On a hot August day, three year old West Cox was taking a peaceful afternoon nap that quickly turned into a medical emergency.  After West began violently convulsing, his mother rushed him to the Princeton Community Hospital emergency room, the only medical facility in their small South Carolina town.  After doctors discovered that he had a temperature of 107 degrees, an air ambulance was called to fly him to the CAMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Charleston in order to cut the 90-minute drive in half.  Thankfully, after spending a few nights in the pediatric intensive care unit, West eventually recovered from encephalitis and returned home to his family. Just a few days after returning home, West’s parents were sent a bill from the for-profit helicopter operator Air Methods, charging the couple $49,930 for for the 76-mile trip.  As the "Los Angeles Times" on June 11, 2018, reports, West’s parents are still struggling to pay for their son’s life-saving emergency transportation. The Cox family is not alone.  Thousands of families across America are struggling with similar bills.  There is mounting evidence that a widespread and systemic issue of price gouging and poor regulation exists throughout the air ambulance industry. The root cause?  The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.  Title 49 of the United States Transportation Code states that state and/or local governments are not allowed to create any laws related to, quote, “the price, route, or service of an air carrier that may provide air transportation.”  This means that air ambulances are classified under this code because they provide air transportation. A company like Air Methods is under the same regulations, or lack thereof, of a company such as Delta or American Airlines. While the inability of state governments to regulate this industry is the main cause of the problem within the air ambulance industry, it is not the only one.  This industry operates within a very gray set of guidelines. Actually, no government guidelines exist as to when, where, why, or how an air ambulance is called for. Guidelines are different depending on the hospital, health insurance company, or air ambulance company.  Due to the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 and the few guidelines present in the air ambulance industry, innocent patients are stuck in the middle. Furthermore, since air ambulance companies charge so much for their services, insurance companies are unwilling to foot much of the bill. According to the "The Capital Journal" on July 24, 2018, a Mississippi woman by the name of Katherine Greene was billed 50,950 dollars from Rocky Mountain Holdings, a subsidiary of Air Methods, after her husband was flown to a hospital in Jackson after suffering from a fatal fall at home.  Greene’s husband’s insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi only paid $7,192 of the total, leaving Greene to pay the rest.   Rates weren’t always this high, and they continue to climb.  "Arizona Central" on June 25, 2016, reported that in 2007, the average cost per flight from Air Methods was $13,198.  In 2016, the average cost per flight had skyrocketed to $50,199. It is completely unnecessary to raise these prices that high. "Consumer Reports" on April 6, 2017, states that the real cost of providing air transport averages from about seven to ten thousand dollars.  While it is understandable that these companies need to make a profit, exploiting individuals in their greatest time of need is immoral and reprehensible.  Right now, sitting in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is Senate Bill 471.  This bill proposes an amendment to the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 that would classify air ambulance companies separately from regular transportation airlines and would allow state and local governments to create regulations on the “price, route, and/or service of these aircraft.”  This essentially will allow state governments to be able to put a price cap on how much air ambulance companies can charge patients for their services. We need to urge this committee to send this bill to the senate floor to be passed.  West Cox is not alone. Thousands of Americans every year require the services of air ambulances. We cannot allow this industry to continue its unethical practice of price gouging a moment longer.  Because you can't put a price on life. Photo Credit:  Montana Public Radio 2016

Jeffrey Metzler
41 supporters