Care Denied: How Iowa’s Medicaid maze is trapping sick and elderly patients in endless appeals
Des Moines Register Special
Ann Carrigan needs a special wheelchair to prevent her from choking.
The 70-year-old Spencer, Iowa, woman has advanced cerebral palsy as well as a brain injury from a vehicle accident that has left her unable to speak or walk.
Multiple medical officials, an administrative law judge and the Iowa Department of Human Services director all agree she needs the customized $4,200 wheelchair that helps her move her chair and sit at an angle so her atrophied muscles don’t cause her to choke or fall out.
But UnitedHealthcare and its doctors disagree and have taken the battle over Carrigan’s special wheelchair to district court. The company denied her request in December 2016 and maintains that a standard wheelchair will meet her needs.
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