Christmas nursing care offered |

Christmas nursing care offered

Aspen Home Health, one of two home health providers that offers 24-hour nursing care in the Roaring Fork Valley, has agreed to cover the nursing costs of 13-month-old Saige Blotske on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Saige’s mother, April Blotske, said Aspen Home Health agreed to pay for nursing through the holiday after a story about the family’s health-care woes was published Monday in The Aspen Times.

Saige was born with Apert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that requires intensive medical care and numerous surgeries for several years after birth. The health-care provider that had been paying the nurses who help take care of her announced last week that it planned to cut the family off beginning Christmas Day, claiming nonpayment from the family’s two insurance companies and Medicaid. If another provider is not found, Saige will be hospitalized.

April said that she has received several calls from the people wondering how they can help. She said the family is very interested in information that will help them negotiate with their insurers, or any other ideas that might help keep Saige at home. People can reach the family at home at 704-9506.

For those who would like to donate money, Christ Community Church in Basalt has set up an account in Saige’s name at Alpine Bank. The account number is 505-092-4903.

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