TEH GOV’T IZ TEH ANSWRR!!
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)