Insurance Company Denies Sight-Saving Surgery for Teenager

Insurance Company Denies Sight-Saving Surgery for Teenager

Insurer says the procedure is “not medically necessary.”

A family in Killeen, Texas, was told their insurance company would not pay for surgery to save their daughter’s vision, KCEN TV reports.

For six years Madison Barnett has been battling keratoconus, a progressive eye disease that thins the cornea and causes it to bulge into a cone-like shape.

The conical shape distorts her vision, and she cannot drive a car. She has to use an aide at school to help her see, read and write.

Doctors told Madison that without surgery, her eyesight will worsen until she’s eventually blind.
Her parents’ insurance company said the procedure to save her eyesight is “not medically necessary.”

Madison’s mother, Phyllis Bailey, said, “I want these insurance companies to realize they’re playing with people’s lives.”

The family has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money for Madison’s surgery.

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