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PostPosted: 02/26/19 9:59 pm    ::: You Probably Haven't Heard Of Her And That's A Problem Reply Reply with quote

Carrie Ann Lucas Dies At Age 47, You Probably Haven't Heard Of Her And That's A Problem

Yesterday, February 24th, the disability rights advocate community lost one of its mightiest members, Carrie Ann Lucas. Lucas was a nationally known disability rights attorney and a mother of four children, each of whom are adopted and living with disabilities. She was only 47 years old.

Lucas’ death was ultimately a result of her insurance company, UnitedHealthCare, refusing to pay for one specific inhaled antibiotic. She caught a bad case of the cold in January of 2018 but was denied access to proper treatment. As a result, she had to take a less effective drug, and she had a set of adverse reactions to this drug. This led to spiraling health issues, including the loss of speech, and she had numerous stays in the intensive care unit during the past year. The healthcare company refused to pay for the needed drug allegedly to save $2,000.

Lucas started her career as a teacher before earning her master's in divinity to pursue a life as a pastor. Soon after, she faced unsound discrimination based on her disabilities when trying to adopt a child and this motivated her to become a lawyer. She founded Disabled Parents Rights, a nonprofit that’s “dedicated to combating discrimination that impacts parenting for parents with disabilities. [Disability Parents Rights] provides direct representation, advocacy, and technical assistance to disabled parents, as well as their advocates and attorneys.”

Lucas was politically active in her hometown of Windsor, Colorado, and helped pass legislation to protect the rights of parents with disabilities. She was also the lead plaintiff against death-with-dignity bills, claiming that such bills would disproportionately affect people with disabilities by prematurely ending their lives.

Among her running list of advocacy work is her outspoken support of Medicaid. In 2017, the disability organization ADAPT protested the Medicaid budget cuts that were purposed by GOP senators. Lucas was one of nine people with disabilities who was arrested after a 58-hour sit-in protest at the Denver office of Senator Cory Gardner.

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