Insurance Company Denies Paralyzed Toddler a Wheelchair

A family in Kingsburg, California, is locked in a battle with their health insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross over their 2-year-old son, who is paralyzed from the waist down.


Crue Allred's parents want to purchase a wheelchair to allow the boy to move around freely. The problem is, their insurance company has denied their claim for a new wheelchair. The one he is currently using is now too low to the ground and he often gets stuck – young children experience rapid growth, after all.

The Allreds told the local news that the insurer is denying their claim for a new wheelchair because they say that he can be in a stroller until age five, the age they say they would be willing to cover a wheelchair.

“You pay hundreds of dollars a month for the insurance for them to be there for you when you need them, and they're not,” said Aubrey Allred.

So the family instead set up a GoFundMe account to finance the wheelchair. Although it looks like they will be able to raise the needed funds this way, it is a shame the insurance they pay for won't give them the health care coverage they deserve.

Watch local news station ABC 30's report on the matter:

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