Insurance Company Backtracks, Will Cover Cost Of Lifesaving Care For Newborn Twins

An insurance company has announced it is changing course and setting up a special multi-million dollar fund in support of a family whose newborn twins need a life-saving treatment, the costs of which the company previously said it could not cover.

Newborn twins Eli and Easton Reed were born on March 31 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. Just days later, doctors informed the twins’ parents, Amanda and Austin Reed, that Eli and Easton were diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

The Reeds began appealing to their insurance company, Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, for help covering the costs of the life-saving treatment.

Amanda Reed’s stepsister, Kecia Vant Hof, started a GoFundMe for the family on April 18 which has since raised over $400,000.

On April 26 Mosaic Life Care denied the parents’ requests for help and refused to cover even some of the costs of the treatment.

However, the situation turned for the better on May 3, when the insurance company announced the creation of a special fund that will assist in covering the costs of the life-saving medication to treat SMA.

“We are pleased to announce the creation of a $3.4 million dollar philanthropic fund through the Mosaic Life Care Foundation for the purpose of supporting genetic treatment for rare genetic neuromuscular diseases such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA),” stated Mosaic Life Care CEO Mike Poore on the company’s Facebook page.

“These critical funds are the result of a heroic $1.9 million dollar anonymous donation and a $1.5 million dollar gift from Mosaic Life Care. These funds are immediately available for the timely delivery of the gene therapy treatment Zolgensma,” the statement continued.

Poore added that Mosaic Life has been striving extensively “behind the scenes to successfully secure substantial additional support for the treatment of SMA.” Poore added that the company hopes the efforts will lower the cost of the treatment overall.

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