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What you can do to help Alyssa

1.) Write a factual and unemotional letter to the editor of your local paper and tell them why you’re upset with the Regence BlueShield’s decision to deny Alyssa Olsen’s life-saving bone marrow transplant, and make sure your letter is a plea for greater national health care reform. Alyssa is only one of thousands in this country who are in desperate need of better health care.

2.) Email Joseph Gifford, Chief Medical Officer of Regence BlueShield Washington, and the man KOMO News interviewed, at [email protected]. Tell him you are disappointed by his response. Regence’s policy to deny claims which sends claims to a third-party for review forces patients to continuously petition for treatment when they are in need of timely medical care. Tell him you are concerned that more cases are approved by a third-party than by Regence. Ask him how many people have been wrongly denied because of this policy in the past or will be in the future?

3.) Email Jonathan Hensley, President of Regence BlueShield Washington at [email protected], a factual and unemotional letter telling him that you are disappointed in his company’s decision to deny Alyssa Olsen’s life-saving bone marrow transplant.

4.) Call 206-470-4789 and talk to Barbara at Regence BlueShield Washington and politely and unemotionally let her know that you are disappointed in Regence BlueShield’s decision to deny Alyssa Olsen’s life-saving bone marrow transplant.

5.) Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell and tell Alyssa’s story to encourage them to work for greater national health care coverage.

6.)Share Alyssa’s story with your network of friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and email.

7.)Donate funds at foralyssa.wordpress.com to help Alyssa find a bone marrow donor match and fund bone marrow and stem cell transplant research.

8.) Sign-up and become a bone marrow donor yourself at www.marrow.org.

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