Pride not racism: Erica Garner said she thinks Daniel Pantaleo killed her father in a chokehold to be ‘top cop’ (Photo Credit/CNN).
The oldest daughter of Eric Garner — who has become an advocate against police brutality since her dad’s death — suffered a heart attack Saturday night and was in critical condition on Christmas Eve, family members told the Daily News.
Erica Garner, whose father died in 2014 when NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold on Staten Island, was on life support in ICU in a Brooklyn hospital, the family said.
The 27-year-old mother of two is unable to breathe on her own, family said.
Esaw Snipes-Garner, Erica’s mother, told The News her daughter’s condition was grave but the family hadn’t given up hope.
“(She) is still with us. She’s fighting. The doctor says she has a strong heart,” the mom said.
Snipes-Garner said her daughter’s cardiac arrest was brought on by an asthma attack Saturday night.
Erica, already the mom of an 8-year-old daughter, gave birth to a boy in August, Snipes-Garner said.
The pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which doctors discovered was enlarged — a condition Erica had not been aware of, her mother said.
As for the current crisis, Snipes-Garner said it’s a waiting game for the mother of two, filled with family prayers and loving support.
Eric Garner (pictured) died in 2014 when NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold on Staten Island. (ACQUIRED BY: TOMAS E. GASTON)
“She’s not doing well and we’re praying,” Snipes-Garner told The News.
Erica’s foster mother, Tanya Goode, left the Brooklyn hospital in tears late on Christmas Eve, flanked by two of Erica’s brothers and a sister-in-law.
“I was here last night and I’ve been here all day today,” Goode told The News.
“Erica is on life support. She can’t breathe on her own. So she’s not doing well,” a tearful Goode said.
Erica’s sister, Emerald Snipes, shared her fears on Facebook Sunday morning.
“My sister had another heart attack last night and she’s in critical condition,” Snipes wrote.
“I just left the hospital and it’s not looking good. … I pray she makes it; she has two little ones to live for,” the sister said.
She also noted that the family was having a hard time getting ready for the holiday in light of Erica’s suffering.
“Don’t even feel like Christmas but I gotta fake smile for my baby,” Snipes posted later on Facebook.
Erica Garner has become an advocate against police brutality since her dad’s death. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“Erica better get better soon. She get on my last nerve but I’d rather fight with my sister then to lose her,” she wrote.
In the wake of her father’s death, Erica Garner became a vocal advocate against police brutality — especially after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo.
Erica has also blasted former President Obama for the Justice Department’s slow investigation of her father’s death. That federal probe is still open.
She has also chastised Mayor de Blasio for not releasing Pantaleo’s disciplinary record and for allowing the cop to collect more than $23,000 on modified duty in fiscal year 2016.
Just days ago, Erica was posting messages on Facebook about Christmas shopping and loving her young son.
Her dad Eric Garner died in July 2014 when he clashed with police over the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes.
In September, the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board recommended the NYPD discipline Pantaleo, who used a banned chokehold while trying to arrest the 43-year-old man.
As he collapsed and died, Garner — who suffered from asthma — helplessly repeated, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” according to a video first released on nydailynews.com.
Source: New York Daily News
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Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft: Protecting Seniors From Fraud
Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.
A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person’s Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.
That’s why Medicare works with the Department of Justice, taking aim squarely at would-be thieves. In the largest law enforcement action against criminals fraudulently targeting the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs, 412 people around the country, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were charged in 2017 with bilking U.S. taxpayers out of $1.3 billion.
New Medicare Card for 2018. (Video Courtesy of YouTube)
The next big fraud-fighting push is well underway — and its focus is protecting the personal information of senior citizens by removing their Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
People with Medicare don’t need to take any action to get a new Medicare card. Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail out newly designed Medicare cards to the 58 million Americans with Medicare. The cards will have a new number that will be unique for each card recipient. This will help protect personal identity and prevent fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. To help with a seamless transition to the new cards, providers will be able to use secure lookup tools that will support quick access to the new card numbers when needed.
Healthcare fraud drives up costs for everyone, but healthcare consumers can be an effective first line of defense against fraud. Follow these tips to help protect yourself:
- Treat your Medicare number like a credit card.
- When the new card comes in the mail next year, destroy your old card and make sure you bring your new one to your doctors’ appointments.
- Be suspicious of anyone offering early bird discounts, limited time offers or encouraging you to act now for the best deal. That’s an indicator of potential fraud because Medicare plans are forbidden from offering incentives.
- Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.
- Only give your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
- Report suspected instances of fraud.
- Check your Medicare statements to make sure the charges are accurate.
- Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or approaches you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you uninvited and request your Medicare number or other personal information.
- Don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
- Don’t allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
- Don’t let anyone persuade you to see a doctor for care or services you don’t need.
- Don’t accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman.
Learn more about how you can fight Medicare fraud at Medicare.gov/fraud, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit a local SHIP counselor, who can provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance.
With a common sense approach to protecting health information, senior citizens can be effective partners in fighting Medicare fraud.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Trump Children’s Health Insurance Tweet Contradicts White House Administration
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government.
Trump’s tweet sent on Thursday morning, seemingly undercut the “Stopgap Spending Bill,” leaving many confused at what could be construed as an “Anti-Chip” tweet.
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