The family of a disabled Omaha boy say their hopes of him walking have been dashed. An insurance company representing taxpayers has told them no.
A special piece of equipment is at the heart of the dispute in this fact finder investigation. The family of Zane Clark is convinced a trainer on wheels will have him walking someday.Erika Clark the boy's mother says, "He actually likes standing now."
Zane has epilepsy and a therapist recommends a five thousand dollar gait trainer the two year old can use at home Grandmother Julie Clark says, " This would give him independence and chance for mobility."
Medicaid means taxpayers pay the boy's coverage through United Health care which denied purchase of the trainer for two reasons. The letter sent the family says "It’s not proven effective for neuromuscular problems and lack of published evidence showing a medical benefit." Erika says, " I have faith in him and I feel like they don’t. I feel like they would prefer to just put him in a wheelchair."
But mom and grandmother are determined to have Zane walk
To help strengthen Zane’s legs, the family uses a big plastic ball. They say that walker would make it much easier on him and them emotionally" "Julie Clark says, " He gets upset with this right now he's getting ahh."
During therapy Zane uses a gait trainer just once a week for an hour. If insurance would buy one he would be moving around everyday. Julie Clark says, " I was very disappointed and angry at first and that kicks in to trying to find another means."
If Zane gains the strength to walk he'll require less care. So the Clarks say the five thousand dollar cost of a gait trainer now will save taxpayer money in the long run.
The Clarks are appealing the insurance denial. But in case that fails friends have started an on line effort to raise donations for the five thousand dollar cost of the gait trainer.