The Saralee and Carol Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

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Location: PO Box 57525 Sherman Oaks CA 91413 USA

Mission: To increase access to healthcare, empowering women with cancer by providing financial assistance when potentially life-saving treatment is denied or delayed by health insurance.
Results: We are a grassroots startup organization looking forward to helping our first client.
Target demographics: women with cancer in the cities of New York and Los Angeles, whose health insurance companies are blocking their access to care. grantee's income level must be at or below 250% on this year's Poverty Guideline Report.
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, New York City

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was Saralee's principal care assistant for the last years of her illness, and remember the first day she and I and our daughter Terry met Dr. DelPriore and were heartened by his hopefulness for combating SL's condition. (As I recall, we went immediately afterward to see the current Harry Potter movie.) Saralee fought long and hard, and amazed the doctors at how her body recovered in the last weeks from internal arterial damage they thought would be fatal. Up till near the end, I was sure she would pull through somehow, but she talked with me and asked what I would do in similar circumstances, and I had the distinct impression she was tiring of the fight and was ready to give in. I assured her that I'd support whatever she chose to do. In all this, the one ongoing villain was the Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers who kept denying medication that was clearly working positively. It is intolerable that such number jockeys could interfere with the patient management of Dr. DelPriore's brilliant standing .. surely one of the key oncological researchers living today. It is vital for the work of the Saralee and Carol Foundation to go forward, in sync, so to speak, with other such organizations. The grievous health care mess that exists in America must be improved, and let us hope we at last have the President who will bring this about. Marvin Kaye

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the committed efforts of my daughter and her best friend Dara, daughter of our titular Carol.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

step down for my daughter Terry to do so.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to raise awareness and help engender action to frustrate the evil practices of the health insurance sector.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

my daughter, and the other board members, most of whom are important people in my life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help many people and hopefully bury some of the health insurance monsters, beginning with the vile Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield pesthole.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, public awareness, President Obama taking more active steps.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I rather think Saralee, and probably Carol, check in periodically to see how we're doing, and I think they like what they're finding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Saralee And Carol Foundation addresses the tragic reality of 'junk' health insurance in the US. US for profit health insurance feeds on the most vulnerable members of our society, the sick and infirmed. The entire industry has developed to deny claims, delay care and wear down patients. Insurers always qualify their denial letters with a sentence to the effect that the doctors must provide whatever care is necessary and that the payment is a separate issue. Insurers never deny care — only the authorization for payment. To stall the actual delivery of care, insurers hold out an insincere promise to authorize payment if the doctor provides more information. This leads the doctor on indefinitely, while insurers never say absolutely "no" until the patient gives up or dies. I agonize over having to choose whether to wait one more day for approval or to go ahead with the surgery and potentially damn the patient, his family, and the institution, to assuming the financial consequences. If I do go ahead without approval, no one comes to rescues the bankrupted families. The Saralee and Carol Foundation provides real world assistance to help in the time of our greatest neesd.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lifting the spirit of all involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working against insurance company pain and suffering.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

publisize this issue.

Ways to make it better...

more people realized what insurance companies are doing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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