Families Say Healthcare System Failing Wounded Cops

  • 2019-02-01
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Families Say Healthcare System Failing Wounded Cops
The uptick in law enforcement fatalities so far in 2019 serves as the latest reminder of the dangers America's police officers face every day.

As the citizens they volunteer to protect, we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. 

But even when it comes time to show we care, families and advocates say America's healthcare system leaves seriously wounded peace officers "out to dry." (Fox News)

Several people whose loved ones have suffered serious injuries in the line of duty tell Fox News they're forced to fight healthcare providers and bureaucracy instead of being able to exclusively focus on the recovery process. A new national apparatus, they say, may be key in helping families of the wounded navigate a complex web of laws and benefits programs, which vary across states, towns and cities.

“Our primary attention, purpose, goal should be the care of our loved ones instead of wasting our time battling insurance companies,” James Tullier, the father of Nick Tullier, a retired East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy, told Fox News.

Nick’s life changed forever in 2016 when he was shot in the head, shoulder and abdomen in an ambush attack while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle.

Over the past few years, Tullier – who is undergoing treatment in Houston -- has been fed through a tube and has been fighting pneumonia, seizures and other complications related to his injuries. He can’t speak and is working with therapists to help move his arms, legs and head again, his father says. In December, Nick was sent a letter by President Trump with the message “Get Well Fast!” and a Facebook page is posting daily updates about his recovery.

In the midst of Nick's grueling physical therapy, the elder Tullier says he has had to fight insurance companies tooth and nail over disagreements about what benefits his son should receive.

An exasperated Tullier told Fox News, "They are in the business of trying to pay out as little as they can. That is what is going on with these officers."
 Source: AAN
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