In late July of last year, single father Jacob Rackler learned that his son, six-year-old Taylen, was suffering from a coarctation of the aorta, with hypoplasia aorta. In other words, Taylen requires open heart surgery.
At the time, Taylen was insured through Kansas’ state insurance, KanCare. Unfortunately, KanCare denied Rackler’s claim, because Rackler wants Taylen’s surgery to be performed out of state, in Aurora, Colorado, which is the recommendation of Taylen’s cardiologist.
Rackler attempted to file an appeal with the Kansas Insurance Commissioner, only to learn that the Insurance Commissioner’s office cannot investigate claims filed against KanCare.
Taylen could receive treatment in the Kansas City area, but the doctors in Kansas City want to give Taylen three separate surgeries, whereas the doctors in Aurora will solve Taylen’s problems with one surgery, as recommended by Taylen’s cardiologist.
Because he does not want Taylen to risk three open heart surgeries, Rackler had Taylen placed on his private insurance, through his employer, but Blue Cross Blue Shield’s coverage will leave Rackler with a $27,000 shortage, which does not include travel expenses, nor the work that Rackler will miss, unpaid.
Rackler has set up a fundraiser to help cover this shortage: