Monday, November 29, 2010

Was threatening letter from Evercare retaliation for blog stories?

The last time I posted on here was November 4.  I wrote two articles that day, one of them on how UnitedHealth Group in Hawaii had been under a "Corrective Action Plan" since April for violating grievance and appeals rights.

On November 6, I received a threatening letter from David Heywood, Executive Director of UnitedHealth's Evercare for Hawaii.   The letter had been sent out by certified mail on November 5.

They wanted me to stop emailing federal officials, and to push all the care services I've been fighting for since September 2009 under the rug.  Let's just start over again from scratch.

Here is the letter from Heywood.
110510 Cert Letter f Heywood                                                            

Here is the email I sent him in response on November 21.
My Email to Evercare Re Hannah                                                            

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I'm the mom of a child with disabilities. Hannah's first neurologist said she might never develop beyond the level of a 2 month old infant, and there wasn't anything I could do about it. The brain damage was just too severe. Nine years later, she walks, uses a touchscreen computer and I've just been shown she can learn to construct sentences and do simple math with the right piece of technology. Along the way, I discovered I needed to teach myself what Hannah's rights to services really were. Learning about early intervention services led to reading about IDEA and then to EPSDT. I've been waiting for the Obama administration to realize the power and potential of EPSDT for the medical rights - including the right to stay at home with their families - of children with disabilities. The health reform people talk about long term care, and the disability people talk about education and employment, but nobody is talking about EPSDT. So I am.