Danni Gilbert walked into to the headquarters of Blue Cross of Idaho Tuesday with some paperwork, but she needed some help. She and her husband James carried five boxes packed with petitions, signed by more than 100,000 people, asking the insurance company to fully cover Danni's cancer treatments.
The wife, mother and history teacher at Mountain Home High School is scheduled for her latest chemotherapy treatment on Wednesday, July 18, at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute. The chemo treatment includes a drug called Avastin, which Blue Cross is refusing to cover. Danni's oncologist insists that the drug will prolong her life. The insurance company calls the medicine "experimental."
Boise Weekly was given full access to Danni's medical records and in Wednesday's edition, we go inside MSTI to talk with her physician, and we also sit down with officials from Blue Cross, insurance carrier to more than 400,000 Idahoans.