March 20, 2024

Every time we privatize a public need to create a profit motive, people get hurt. Nowhere is this more evident than in our push to privatize Medicare. Our guest today is Jenn Coffey, a former State Representative and EMT who bought into the privatized Medicare Advantage program, and then had the audacity to get sick and need care. Since then, it’s been denial after denial, and red tape wrapped in red tape – it’s a cautionary tale, and one that is becoming more American every day.

Patients, Advocates Push Biden to ‘Reclaim Medicare’ From Privatized Medicare AdvantageJAKE JOHNSONMar 15, 2024

Patients on Medicare Advantage spoke out against the privatized plans this week as part of a coordinated campaign to shed light on the program’s care denials, treatment delays, and overbilling—and to pressure U.S. President Joe Biden to rein in the insurance giants raking in huge profits from such abuses.
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Hon. Jenn Coffey testifies at NH House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Hearing on HR23 National Healthcare Resolution to Congress – February 2024

The Medicare Advantage Trap


Coffey, the retired EMT from New Hampshire, told the Prospect that she has paid $6,000 in out-of-pocket expenses this year under a Medicare Advantage program. “If I could go to Medigap, I would have better access to care, I wouldn’t be forced to give up Boston doctors,” she said. “These insurance companies are allowed to reap as much profit as possible for as little service as they can get away with. They pocket all of our money and they don’t pay for anything, they sit there and deny and delay.”

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As Seen on For Grace

It’s complicated, my story…
At the age of 42, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The breast cancer I beat, but the surgeries created a new set of problems. Within one year, I had three surgeries trying to undo what had been done. I had walked into the hospital as a fully functioning EMT, and was wheeled out never to walk without assistance again. In the end, I lost everything, my career, my home, everything. I then was bedbound for two years.

Cunningham-Cook opened his piece with the story of Jenn Coffey, a former Republican state representative in New Hampshire “who, like many GOP faithfuls, believed private insurers could solve the healthcare crisis if they were allowed to do things like sell policies across state lines.”

But Coffey’s views were shaken when UnitedHealth, her ultra-profitable Medicare Advantage provider, “constantly rejected or second-guessed the care options her doctors suggested for her cancer recovery and for a rare and painful secondary disease that has no standard treatment plan,” Cunningham-Cook reported.

In The Lever June 2023

Jun 28, 2023
Care Denied: The Dirty Secret Behind Medicare Advantage
Written by: Matthew Cunningham-Cook

As Medicare becomes increasingly privatized, patients are speaking up about these for-profit insurers’ widespread practice of denying treatments they need. Read Full Article Here

United States Capital Invited Guest Speaker, Medical Care for All.

United States Senate Meeting Room, Capital Hill

May 16,2023
I went to Capital Hill and spoke about CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and Small Fiber Neuropathy. I spoke of the medical care we can’t access with out the right amount of money. First responders like my self go without care and become seemingly worthless after eh wrong diagnosis, such as, breast cancer. We all deserve equal access to care that is both life saving and allowing dignity and quality of life to lead the treatment plans of the forever sick. As an invited speaker I was able to raise awareness and advocate for better medical care for all of us. Now it is up to all of us to see it become the law of the land in the United States of America. No matter who you are or where you are from there are no more barriers to care. Healthcare is a Basic Human Right.

It’s time to put the insurance companies out of business. Click here for full town hall video.

Jenny talks about LDN, CRPS and Small Fibre Neuropathy On the LDN Research Trust Podcast in the UK January 2023