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article imageNo Insurance, No Chance of a New Heart

By KJ Mullins     May 18, 2009 in Health
Eric De La Cruz, 27, needs a heart transplant to survive. Getting on the donor list though is proving to be a maze of red tape. Eric doesn't have private insurance. His state doesn't have a transplant center. State medicaid doesn't cross state lines.
Eric's sister Veronica De La Cruz is a reporter for CNN. She is working to get her brother's story front and center.
Eric has severe dilated cardiomyopathy which has affected his kidneys. If he doesn't get a new heart he will die. To get that heart though requires insurance. Because of Eric's heart condition he is not able to get private health insurance. He has Medicaid from his home state of Utah. There are no transplant centers in Utah. The closest one for Eric is in California. California however doesn't take Utah's Medicaid. The case is in appeals. The problem with the appeals process is that his case won't be heard for a year. Eric doesn't have a year to sit around wading through government red tape.
Since Eric is just 27 he is an excellent candidate for a heart transplant.
Veronica is asking people around the United States and beyond to send Senator Harry Reid a letter to help Eric have a chance to live.
Senator Reid:
Thank you, in advance, for review of my email. It has come to my attention that a young man, Eric De La Cruz, age 27, who resides in your State of Nevada is in dire need of a heart transplant. He is dying. His sister, Veronica, is doing all she can to help her brother however, she is caught in the red-tape system in Nevada. Can you please review and do whatever is possible to help Eric De La Cruz get his needed heart? He needs Medicare Disability. The link below is a picture of Eric and Veronica and his story. I feel it important that this be personalized as nobody is more important to Eric’s cause right now…than you.
Eric has been turned down for the heart transplant list because he is on Nevada Medicaid, only accepted in your state and there are no transplant centers in Nevada. He needs to get to California under the Medicare Disability program. He has been rejected twice and the next appeals hearing is one year from today. CAN YOU HELP? Can you help escalate to get Eric De La Cruz to the forefront of the Medicare Disability committee so that his approval can be reviewed as he is going to die otherwise. 27 years old is far too young to die, Senator Reid. Eric has Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy with an EF of 15%. His kidneys are having trouble because of his heart. His creatinine levels are high, his blood pressure is very low and he keeps retaining fluid. The diuretic-type meds the doctors have him on are no longer working (Lasix, Dijoxin, Aldactone, Coreg, etc). He is currently on three different IV’s.
Please help. Please contact his sister, Veronica De La Cruz
Contact information for Senator Reid:
Senator Harry Reid
Carson City
600 East William St, #302
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-882-REID (7343)
Fax: 775-883-1980The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
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