John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, announced late Tuesday that Erick Munoz, the Texas husband whose pregnant wife is being kept on life support as their baby continues to grow and develop, is suing to remove life-sustaining measures.
In the lawsuit filed in the 17th District Court in Tarrant County, Munoz is asking for a judge to rule that JPS hospital must abide by Marlise Munoz's wishes by taking her off the ventilator and any other life-sustaining devices that are keeping her body going to support the life of their pre-born baby, which is now at 21 weeks gestation.
The lawsuit also asks that the hospital be stopped from performing any surgeries on Marlise's body, referring to the cesarean section that would be done to deliver her baby. The lawsuit claims that because JPS refuses to remove her from life-sustaining devices, medical staff is thus "mutilating, disturbing and damaging Marlise's deceased body." The suit also cites that JPS is violating Marlise's 14th Amendment rights to privacy and equal protection. more >>
In a decision that has sparked a contentious debate online, a New Mexico judge ruled Monday that terminally ill and mentally fit patients have the right to commit suicide with the help of doctors.
New Mexico could join Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont to become the fifth state in America to allow doctors to help their terminally ill patients commit suicide, according to CNN.
The ruling delivered Monday by New Mexico Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and an end-of-life advocacy group called Compassion & Choices on behalf of cancer patient Aja Riggs and two New Mexico doctors. Nash was asked to consider whether or not doctors should be allowed to prescribe drugs to end the life of a terminally ill cancer patient. more >>
The Daverts, a Christian family suffering from disabling diseases, have reportedly lost healthcare coverage for their children due to the complexities of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
President Barack Obama had promised "that families who wanted to keep their insurance could keep their insurance, and that clearly was not the case in our situation," Melissa Davert told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. While Davert and her husband still have their coverage through Medicare, she recounted a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield, saying their children's private plan had been cancelled "because of the new Affordable Care Act requirement."
Melissa and her twin children Austin and Michaela have brittle bone disease, which impedes natural skeletal growth, and those afflicted with it are more likely to break bones and develop infections. Each of them is no taller than three feet, and they use walkers and chairs to get around. The father, Ken, suffers from cerebral palsy. more >>
Jodi Ferris, a homeschooling mom who had her newborn baby seized by Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, spoke about her ordeal for Home School Legal Defense Association's podcast, "Home School Heartbeat."
"The first few minutes at the hospital we were in the same room, but they wouldn't let me see her," Ferris recalled. "And when they took her out of the room, they wouldn't tell me where they were taking her."
Ferris was interviewed by Michael Farris, HSLDA founder and chairman. HSLDA is representing Ferris in a civil lawsuit against the hospital. more >>
In a splurge health policy experts have called "obscene and insulting" taxpayers spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on vacuum erection systems (VES) popularly known as "penis pumps" in the last 10 years through Medicare according the Health and Human Services Inspector General.
A report in The Washington Free Beacon notes that the federal government also paid more than twice the retail price of the pumps which the IG highlights "remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay."
The government was billed some $175 million in the five year period between 2006 and 2011 when 473,620 VES claims were made overall. more >>
A government bailout of the health insurance industry looks increasingly likely as too few young, healthy people have signed up for insurance on the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," new health insurance exchanges.
For the health insurance exchanges to be financially viable, a sizable portion of its enrollees (the Obama administration estimates 38 percent), need to be in the 18 to 35 age range. Without a sufficient number of enrollees from that low-health-costs age group, industry payments to health providers will be higher than expected.
Those higher costs could lead to higher premiums, which could lead to fewer enrollments, which could lead to even higher premiums, and so on. This is known as the "death spiral." more >>