‘Maisie’s Army’

August 20, 2019
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When the family of 20-month-old Maisie Green heard late last month that their insurance company in Grand Junction, Colo., had agreed to cover a new gene therapy for her spinal muscular atrophy, they were elated. They also knew it was no accident.

For two months, the family and a group of more than 700 volunteers, calling themselves “Maisie’s Army,” ran a social media campaign to convince the Greens’ insurer to overturn its decision to deny Maisie access to Zolgensma — the world’s most expensive drug at $2.1 million. The army contacted local news outlets to raise awareness of Maisie’s case. And her mother, Ciji Green, arranged an in-person meeting with Maisie and representatives of the insurance company.

“I want you to look her in the eye and tell her no,” Green recalled thinking about the meeting.

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