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February 5, 2010

Denver boy, 9, died after state-benefits error denied him asthma medication
Article: Denver Post

A Montbello mother says her 9-year-old son’s death from severe asthma could have been prevented had Denver Human Services resolved problems with his Medicaid pharmacy benefits.

Zuton Lucero said she called Human Services every three days for months last year when she was suddenly unable to get prescription drugs for her son, Zumante.

The boy’s health deteriorated without the medication, his doctor said, and he died at Children’s Hospital in July after losing consciousness at his house after an attack.

“I don’t want anyone else to be sitting where I’m sitting,” Lucero said.

Advocacy lawyers who met Wednesday with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office hold up Lucero’s story as an example of how serious the problems are with the state’s $243 million computer system that is supposed to manage benefits — and the county human workers behind it.

“The human system fell down,” said Ed Kahn, a lawyer with the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, who is among a group of local and national lawyers weighing a lawsuit against the state for delays in getting food stamps and Medicaid benefits to people. “They are responsible for this kid’s death.”

The Colorado Benefits Management System is run through county human services offices and manages medical and food-assistance benefits for everyone in Colorado. Since its 2004 installation, the system has been beset by problems.

Boy HOWDY! I can’t wait for them to put us ALL on Government medical assistance!! JOY! (No, this isn’t a great thing)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2010 3:30 pm

    I fear this is just the tip of the iceberg heading toward a national computerized health system.
    Bob A.

    • February 6, 2010 5:23 pm

      That’s the truth. I don’t like the looks of it ONE bit.

      • sarahbaram permalink
        February 11, 2010 1:34 am

        As much as health insurance needs to be tweaked, Obama took it on far too soon and without much knowledge. All he needs to do is make it a bit cheaper! Not revamp it all and make it… Like that. Plus, he has much bigger things to focus on!

  2. February 11, 2010 1:57 am

    Sarah> The thing about Obama is he always takes on too much, too soon, with too little knowledge. I FEAR for the bigger things he’s got to focus on. If he screws up the “little things” THIS badly… Imagine the chaos and hell when he tries to tackle the “bigger things”. Politics isn’t a game for little boys. It’s for people with experience, drive, ideas, and support. Oh, and ideally the best interest of the entire country as a whole in the mix, too.

    Unfortunately… some people are more interested in being remembered in history books than accomplishing positive things and moving the nation in the right direction…

  3. Fishleg permalink
    February 15, 2010 12:54 am

    So simple..torte reform and the ability to purchase insurance from other states…I mean, ya don’t have to be the winner of the Learnin’ Derby to figure it out.
    God help us.

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