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Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
National Family Voices is a non-profit that supports Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs, or F2Fs) in each of the 50 states and DC. To shed light on Eva Camerons dramatic actions and the complexities of the situation, Family Voices interviewed several people within the organizations network of affiliated, family-run agencies. F2Fs are dedicated to helping families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities.
Recent news articles in the Chicago Tribune* report that Eva Cameron, whose daughter has the developmental understanding of a two- or three-year old, explained that due to her daughters situation, her family owes $ 12,000 in bills, she lost her nursing job, and her husband’s business has suffered. She indicated she has been rebuffed for more than ten years in her efforts to have her daughter placed in a group home in Illinois. In an interview aired on CNN’s HLN Evening Express***, Cameron stated, When I didnt get the help I needed from Illinois, someone at the church said, Why dont you go down to Tennessee? They have a good healthcare system. HLN Evening Express reported that Cameron told police Tennessee has the number one healthcare system in the United States, especially for disabled teens and adults.
However, Camerons belief is apparently incorrect. When asked whether this perception of Tennessee is accurate, Belinda Hotchkiss, Director of Family Voices of Tennessee, (which is home to the F2F HIC that provides information about available services to Tennessee parents of CYSHCN and disabilities), commented:
No, not by a long shot. In Tennessee, the Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Program actually has a very long waiting list of 7,000 people. I work with parents whose children have been on that waiting list for five, ten, twelve years. If we had spoken with Mrs. Cameron, we could have provided her with more correct information about the services Tennessee does and does not have to offer.
This story of a desperate and hopeless mother from Illinois, who took her daughter to another state in search of care, illuminates two critical needs and a strange fact:
the need for an adequate system of services to support children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities to support children at home and in their communities;
the need for easy-to-find, accurate information for parents about the local resources that are available to them, and to their children; and
the strange fact that each state has its own complex set of laws, regulations, and services for CYSHCN and disabilities and their families.
Another family expert reiterates the need for these family-to-family linkages of relevant and accurate information. Faye Manaster, Project Director of Family Voices of Illinois, The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center, commented:
Perhaps if this mother had contacted us and told us about her familys situation, we could have guided and supported her in working with programs and services in Illinois. If she had expressed interest seeking services in Tennessee or any other state, we would have been able to connect her with Family-to-Family staff members in those states, as we do for many families each year. We often advise families seeking to move to another state in order to access better services for their children with special needs to first travel there on a fact-finding mission, using contact information from us, before making their decision.
Manaster went on to explain that many F2Fs lack sufficient staff resources to do as much outreach as theyd like so that the people who need F2F services can find them. She also said that F2Fs often work together to share information that is needed by parents in one state about resources that might be available to them in another. Federal funding for these centers is currently scheduled to expire in May of 2013.
Camerons actions are difficult for many people to understand because it seems impossible to imagine or condone abandoning a child. This extreme choice by an overwhelmed, at-the-end-of-her-rope mother can be better understood by appreciating how difficult it can be for parents to find the critical information they need to access appropriate services and make the most helpful choices for their children. Janis Guerney, Public Policy Co-Director for National Family Voices, is working to secure funding for the F2Fs going forward. She explained:
When parents dont have the information they need about where they can go for services, the children suffer. The Camerons story is a good example. And when the parents dont get accurate information about available services, typically the Medicaid system in the state ends up spending more money in emergency room costs and other interventions that are required when conditions become critical. Again, in some ways this is a good example. Tennessee, and perhaps Illinois as well, has just spent a lot of time and resources to rectify this situation with Eva Camerons daughter, which might have been better spent helping the family find services that met their needs.
F2Fs actually save the state money by providing parents with relevant, timely information and support that prevents crises. If the Federal government does not fund F2Fs beyond fiscal year 2012, more parents like Eva Cameron will likely be unable to find the information or services they need to prevent critical situations.
Please be on the lookout for the second part of this two-part story, also released by National Family Voices on July 31, 2012
Articles located at ChicagoTribune.com:
1. “Chicago-area mother says desperation led her to abandon disabled daughter in Tennessee: Algonquin woman says she couldn’t cope with 19-year-old’s disabilities or mounting cost of caring for her. But not everyone is sympathetic to her plight.” By Lisa Black , Chicago Tribune reporter, July 23, 2012
2. “Algonquin woman left in Tennessee bar headed back to Illinois: Severely disabled 19-year-old abandoned by mother to be placed in residential facility.” By Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune reporter
July 27, 2012
** News Report on CNN’s HLN Evening Express
“Cops: Mom Leaves Mentally Disabled Teen at Bar,” July 12, 2012, http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/07/11/mentally-disabled-teen-abandoned-bar
Charlotte woman indicted for health care fraud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal authorities say a woman is charged in a scheme to defraud Medicaid of at least $ 650000. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte said Wednesday that 37-year-old Charlotte Elizabeth Garnes is charged with health care fraud …
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County health care agency names new administrators
Cyndie Cole, part of the county system since 1985, has already begun work as hospital administrator and deputy director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency. She leads the 223-bed medical center in Ventura as well as the 49-bed Santa Paula Hospital …
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Health 'reform' law deja-vu (again)
A similar feeling grips the reader of “An act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation,” the Bay State's new health care bill signed into law this month. The “center for health …
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Although it all started all over again earlier this month with the negative comments made on 16 year old Gold Medal winning Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas hairstyle on the various social media networks like Twitter and Facebook by mostly African American women who felt that her hair looked terrible, this has been an ongoing issue in the Black community as far as what looks good in the standard of beauty. The comments on the beautiful and talented Gabby Douglas’ hair only shows that too many Black women are caught up in something that is really irrelevant when it comes to the character traits of the heart. There is no other race of people on the face of the earth whose women are hellbent on changing the natural beauty that they were born with. What is at the root of this perpetual unhappiness with the way they look? Why is it that the so called beauty rituals that Black women put themselves through are so timely and so costly for something that is so temporary? What is driving this addiction? Why is it that a haircare industry that is owned by other races of people yet doesn’t benefit us one iota makes billions of dollars off of the Black woman yet it is those same communities that are suffering from poverty, lack of proper healthcare, unemployment, illiteracy, teen pregnancy, crime, incarceration and homelessness? Wouldn’t Black women be better off saving the overwhelming amount of money spent of the frivolous endeavors spent on doing their nails, straightening, coloring …
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(PRWEB) June 19, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The suit alleges that these products created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries. The lawsuit was filed on June 8th in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division (Case No. 2:12-cv-01954) and names American Medical System, Inc., Analytic Biosurgical Solutions, Mentor Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc., Coloplast A/S, Coloplast Corporation, Coloplast Manufacturing and other companies who designed, manufactured or marketed the products as Defendants.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff, a woman from Columbus, Indiana, was implanted with the Perigee System with IntePro, Apogee System with IntePro and Mentor Aris Trans-Obturator Tape in March 2007 to treat her stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), conditions for which the devices are intended and approved. As a result of these defective products, the lawsuit alleges, she has suffered from significant mental and physical pain and suffering, permanent injury, permanent and substantial physical deformity and loss of bodily organs. The suit also states that the Plaintiff has undergone or will undergo one or more corrective surgeries.
The lawsuit also points out that transvaginal mesh devices were approved via the 510(k) process, meaning that they did not require any sort of formal review for approval. The suit thus alleges that transvaginal mesh implants pose dangerous and unreasonable risks due to numerous defects. The complaint further alleges, among other things, that the material used reacts with and abrades human tissues, harbors infections, becomes embedded and is inappropriately designed for use in the female pelvis. The defendants are accused of misrepresenting the products as safe and effective.
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Notification in response to over 1,000 reports of complications linked to transvaginal mesh, noting that the side effects appeared serious, but rare. Reports included erosion, pain, infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, organ perforation during placement and urinary problems. Last July, the FDA announced that it had received an additional 2,874 adverse reports associated with the devices. This time, the agency stated that the complications are not rare, pointing out that it is unclear whether or not transvaginal mesh provides any benefit over non-mesh procedures and may expose patients to greater risks. [http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm262435.htm
Last September, the FDA's Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Advisory Panel recommended that transvaginal mesh implants be reclassified from moderate risk to high risk. The new designation would eliminate the products ability to go through the 510(k) process and mandate clinical evidence to supports its safety and efficacy. In January, the FDA asked 33 manufacturers to conduct post market studies assessing the impact of transvaginal mesh on organ damage and other related issues. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/default.htm]
Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would stop selling four transvaginal mesh products, including the Prolift, Prolife + M, TVT Secur and Prosima systems. According to Bloomberg, the devices are expected to be off the market by the first quarter of 2013. The company has also asked the FDA for 120 days to inform its consumers and healthcare professionals about the decision. [bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-04/j-j-tells-judge-it-will-stop-selling-vaginal-mesh-implant.html]
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of transvaginal mesh injuries. If you or a loved one experienced complications following POP and SUI surgery with transvaginal mesh, please visit the firm’s transvaginal mesh injury page at yourlawyer.com.
Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
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Cornell University Law School Professor William Jacobsen brave launched today his week long "dart board" analysis of HR 3200, the ObamaCare bill on the House. Selecting random sections of the law to analyze each day this week on his …