Health Justice Commons Launches Medical Abuse Hotline In Honor of Carrie Ann Lucas

Health Justice Commons Launches Medical Abuse Hotline In Honor of Carrie Ann Lucas

 

“On February 24th, 2019, Carrie Ann Lucas, a beloved and renowned disability rights attorney and trailblazer who innovated representation for parents with disabilities, died after being denied a $2,000 medication for a lung infection by her health insurer, UnitedHealthcare. Lucas was forced into taking a less expensive medication she was known to be allergic to, resulting in a rapid health decline with numerous hospital stays over her last year, and causing her to lose the  ability to speak. Her Facebook obituary notes, ‘UnitedHealthcare’s attempt to save $2,000 cost over $1 million in health care expenses over the past year.’ More importantly, it cost Lucas her life…

“In the days leading up to her death, Carrie Ann was also forced to ration her insulin. According to a recent study from the Yale Diabetes Center, 1 in 4 Americans with Diabetes engage in insulin rationing due to skyrocketing prices and the complicity of health insurers, the majority of those rationing have health insurance.

“. . . Withholding access to healthcare or live-sustaining medication is medical torture. It profoundly violates our most basic human rights and dignity. Withholding access to healthcare is one of the most prevalent and pervasive forms of social control of our times. . . .

Read more at Not Dead Yet…