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Podcasts are coming soon to our website. In the meantime, check out Bonnell Foundation interviews and other audio features.

Some 30 Managed Medicaid Patients Not Able to Get on Orkambi Drug

KristinaCaudillThis is 29 year old Kristina Caudill. She has cystic fibrosis. I (Laura Bonnell) met with her Monday to talk about how many times her managed medicaid plan denied her request to get on Orkambi, an approved drug for CF by the FDA (July). Caudill and her CF doctor will try for a 5th time to get her on the medication. The state medicaid panel met Tuesday and after months of people advocating to get the drug approved, the panel made a recommendation to have it listed as an acceptable drug. The state Director, Chris Priest (approachable, media accessible and with a desire to help) says it won’t be a long wait but couldn’t say exactly when it will be in the hands of the approximately 30 people who don’t have access to the meds. These are people on average whose yearly income is below $30,000. I also talked to Governor Snyder today and he said the new drugs coming out for people with CF and other diseases is exciting. As Priest stated, and the Governor agreed, they have to listen to the recommendation of the panel (and they approved it), pay attention to costs and talk with legislators.

Listen to the audio of Laura and Kristina’s talk:

Public Service Announcements for CF awareness month

Public Service Announcements heard on CBS radio stations in Detroit 2012-13 (coming soon)

Listen to the public service announcements heard on WWJ Newsradio 950 – May is CF Awareness month.

[audio:http://thebonnellfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bonnell-PSA-30-w-music.mp3|titles=CF Awareness month]

 

[audio:http://thebonnellfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bonnell-PSA-60-w-music.mp3|titles=CF Awareness month]

Mitch Albom Interviews Laura Bonnell

Click play and listen to acclaimed writer and 760 WJR radio host Mitch Albom interview The Bonnell Foundation’s president, Laura Bonnell.

[audio:http://thebonnellfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/laura_mitchalbom_interview.mp3|titles=Mitch Albom Interviews Laura Bonnell]

Paul W. Smith Interviews Molly & Emily

WJR’s Paul W. Smith interviews Molly and Emily Bonnell about cystic fibrosis.

[audio:http://thebonnellfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Bonnell-121510.mp3|titles=Paul W. Smith WJR Interviews Molly & Emily]