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There is 1 comment on Opening Doors: David Waters (GRS’89)

  1. BCBS recently called to tell me about their program with Community Servings and to offer its services for after my upcoming hip replacements. I was excited about the opportunity to receive help because I knew my husband would have his hands full caring for me and our farm during my recuperation times. I mentioned that I have celiac disease, requiring gluten-free food, and a preference for being vegan. In response, the BCBS representative said Community Servings takes care of all medical needs, so I eagerly awaited the call from them, expecting I might need to settle for vegetarian (rather than vegan), which would have been okay. When they called, I was told they do not provide gluten free or vegan meals, and I was immediately rejected from the program.

    I called BCBS to tell them of my rejection and to ask if they had any other providers for the program to deliver meals. The representative was surprised to hear Community Servings doesn’t provide gluten free meals. There were no other food delivery options for me from BCBS. I was too weak from end-stage osteoarthritis to prepare and freeze food for my upcoming surgeries, so my husband and I went to a supermarket and stocked up on frozen gluten free and vegan foods.

    Celiac disease is a common medical condition. Those who have it can usually have a healthy diet and lifestyle on gluten free foods. Those who ignore the recommended diet often suffer incapacitating pain and are prone to serious cancers. I think Mr. Waters should be careful NOT to say he provides meals for all medical conditions.

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