Skip to comments.Denver boy, 9, died after state-benefits error denied him asthma medication
Posted on 02/04/2010 2:35:27 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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Yep, if you can’t afford the kid then be responsible. Don’t put the burden on the taxpayers.
Give you an example ~ I need a certain medication. I went on a trip and forgot to take my pills. I went to a pharmacy and asked if they could call my pharmacist and get authorization for 14 pills ~ a very minor fraction of what I needed.
They did that. I got my pills and it was all good.
Little did I know that "the law" requires that when I change pharmacies, even under the conditions I described, I have effectively made a permanent change and will have to go back to my doctor for a new prescription to restart service at my old, local pharmacy.
The "law" that did this to me is called MEDICARE. The bureaucrats don't care one way or the other if I pay for my medications out of my pocket, or the taxpayer's, they've decided that my acquisition of life sustaining medications is a very secondary issue next to the question of WHERE I GO for those medication.
This little boy's medication is more carefully monitored than the stuff I use ~ probably because it costs more AND can be dangerous to some people. It's unlikely his mother could have gotten the medicine ever again if she changed the payment method since that would disrupt the activities of the sleuths looking for misuse.
Someone at Denver's Human Services probably knows the answer ~ and that's going to be that Medicaid reporting requirements supercede the needs of the patients, even in cases where absence of the medication will cause death.
There's no reason Medicaid should be less stringent than Medicare.
This is true, the welfare set aren’t usually afraid to use the ER as personal doctor’s office and a life threatening emergency like that would push the case to the front of the line.
I can’t believe she didn’t just have the prescription transferred to another pharmacy. That would have been my response to showing Walgreens the reports that said she had benefits. If they wouldn’t have followed up, I would have found a pharmacy that would.
Democrat parasites have no concept of working, or paying for anything themselves.
The other thing I forgot about Advair is that it is not a “rescue inhaler.” For Advair to work, it requires a daily regimen.
If the kid had gone months without using Advair, it wouldn’t be instantly effective.
I’ve gotten by with a Primatene rescue inhaler. It’s rather nasty, but, it’s better than nothing.
Even at $175/mo., most parents can find it in their budget, if their child needs medication that badly. Plus, if the kid was in that much distress, time to head to the emergency room.
Sounds like she had the script in hand, but wasn't willing to pay for it.
It’s really hard to blame someone for taking a goodie that the law itself provides for.
I’ve done that one myself. Nasty stuff.
The Symbicort I just started is almost as bad, though. lol
Remember, live sustaining medicines are more dangerous than Marijuana ~
‘Ms. Lucero needs to be a little concerned as to why she couldnt provide for her son.’
And where is the child’s father.
I am very sorry for this boy, it must have been a horrible death.
But the responsibility for caring for him lay with his PARENTS. They are the ones who failed.
If his father is dead or somehow seriously disabled, my apologies in advance.
Advair 2x/day costs about $150/mo. If she worked, I’m sure she paid that much in taxes, but the gov’t of course knew how to spend her money better than she did. Even if she worked, $150/mo might have been out of reach for her. It is for a lot of people. For example, I couldn’t pay that on top of my minimal health insurance that I’ve managed to keep. That’s after my small business went belly-up, again largely thanks to taxes and gov’t stupidity wrecking my customer’s businesses. (Gee, for some reason that really seemed to start happening a lot in 2007 and got worse from there. It’s almost like something happened in late 2006 that was really bad for small businesses. Wonder what it was? /SPIT)
Why didn’t mom just buy the meds and try to get reimbursed? I’d do whatever I had to do to keep my child alive. There are parts of this story that don’t make any sense.
I’m on Symbicort, which is about $100 a month before insurance. My lovely insurance company insists that I order a 3 month supply at once. So now we’re at $300 before, around $125 after. Of course, that’s not considering that I’m on 5 such maintenance meds per month. Even after insurance, 5 x $125 is a good bit of change to pay all at once.
Amen. This story stinks from every angle. Too many lawyers, too many government boobs and too many agendas to figure out where the truth lies.
I agree, I’d sell everything I owned for Rx for my son.
Nobody denied the boy this medicine. They just didn’t pay for it. Big difference.
Of course, it may still be a problem.
“This woman just sat around waiting for the government to do something.”
Yup, just as she’s been taught she was entitled to do by the govt run schools, the media, our culture, and now these lawyers.
Socialism kills, first the spirit and eventually the bodies. Death is the inevitable result. Lots of death. The sadest thing? Socialism is often self-inflicted suicide-by-government...
She got samples. Just not in time. My two had to take Advair along with a nebulizer when the inhaler wasn’t doing enough.
The story doesn’t tell enough to determine just how many ways this child was failed by adults. Not being able to get a human on the phone but once...she should have gone in person.
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