Insurance Refuses To Pay For Jude's Therapy
Organized by: Seth Thomas
Jude is a brilliant, happy, hilarious five-year-old. He's the type of kid that can make you love something you've had zero interest in for your entire life. He's a great negotiator and his laugh is contagious. At the age of two-and-a-half, Jude's mom had a gut feeling that something was just not right with his speech. The words just weren't right. He would only say the first syllable of every word, and even then, most of the sounds were wrong. He was nearly impossible to understand and he talked A LOT. It turned out that Jude had a phonological disorder and his speech was severely delayed. He scored off the charts in language, which wasn't surprising, but unfortunately because of the severity of his sound disorder, most adults and children judged him unfairly, didn't want to interact with him and didn't think he was smart. Jude got into school early to get on an IEP, but despite two years of speech therapy at school, he made little progress and needed more aggressive treatment at a children's hospital. Unfortunately despite several appeals, the insurance company still denied to cover his treatment, so his family had no choice but to pay the $200 per session price tag. For more than one year, his parents have paid out of pocket to get him the treatment he needs to properly communicate with the world. They've incurred a lot of debt from this necessary treatment. He has been in speech for more than a year and has made great progress, but he still has trouble with some sounds. All of the money raised will go to the hospital to pay off this debt and any future visits that he will have.