By Chelsea Davenport – Co-Founder PEAK 1 Wellness
I have a very dear friend that had a baby girl at then end of last summer. What was a happy and blissful time with this new addition to her family soon turned out to be a very scary time. A few weeks after her birth she was having serious health concerns which landed her in the hospital. Her situation was so severe that she had to be transferred to a different hospital that was better equipped to handle her critical condition. She then needed to be put on life support and was fighting for her life.
My dear friend is a first responder and military wife. She is also a mother of two other darling children. Little did she know that even though her daughter’s condition would improve she would be spending the first 5 months of her life in a hospital. Throughout this 5 months, while she should be focused on the health of her baby and caring for her, the insurance company started to deny coverage for her. Because they are a military family, they have Tri Care under Humana. They are denying that the baby was in critical condition, even though she was on life support, and are holding the family responsible for a large part of the hospital stay. They are also using the excuse that my friend “chose” to take her to the hospital she received care at when in fact she was transferred by 2 other hospitals.
Her daughter is finally home and she now spends her days fighting with the insurance company and harassing calls from collection agencies. Currently they are denying her her medication and prescription food that she needs due to her health conditions. And she is doing this all on her own now that her husband has been deployed and still won’t be home for several months.
This should not be happening. She hasn’t even had a chance to process and grieve over what happened to her baby and the trauma of almost losing her child. Not to mention the incredible stress of not having her husband’s support since he is out fighting for our country.
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