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Real News on CGRP Access

May 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Aimovig, the first CGRP inhibitor drug, was approved by the FDA on May 17, 2018. This is extremely exciting news, but there are a lot of questions swirling around as many of us are anxious to try this new medicine. For the most up-to-date information about Aimovig visit Aimovig.com. The site includes Frequently Asked Questions, information on how the drug works, safety information AND information about a co-pay assistance program and a two-month free trial program. Worried About Access To CGRP Inhibitors? Many patient groups are working to address anticipated access issues to this new medication, including how to get a prescription from your doctor and to how to get your insurance company to cover it. However, these questions won’t be answered overnight.  You are not alone and you deserve access to care that is appropriate for the disease you have. The information below may answer some of your immediate questions, guide…

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Can We Talk About Health Care For a Minute?

November 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

Can we talk about health care for a minute? I know, there’s been so much political discussion about it that it is so hard to figure out what’s going on. I’m not going to go into any of that because it’s irrelevant. Why? Because while the new Administration and members of Congress have come up with numerous changes to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but nothing new has been passed into law. Bottom line is that the same rules apply as when it was enacted in 2014. Why Pay Attention? I bring this up because it’s open enrollment time. Through December 15th, if your state participates in the healthcare exchange, you can sign up or change your current plan. Let’s talk basics first. If you have health insurance coverage through your employer, this doesn’t pertain to you (but it could to someone you know, so don’t stop reading!). If…

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Why Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job

July 26, 2017 / 3 Comments

*************************SEEKING APPLICANTS************************* Job Title Chief Medical Officer of Personal Health Affairs (AKA Social Security Disability Beneficiary) Job Description Full-time position, flexible hours. Prerequisite: Ideal candidate would have a background in all of the following areas: analytics, accounting, patient advocacy, medical billing, insurance underwriting, legalese, pharmacology, healthcare administration, Social Security Disability, Medicare & Medicaid. Preference for those with M.D., Ph.D., CPA, RN, NP or Esq. behind their name. Skills: The ideal candidate would be well organized, exhibit patience, possess a friendly phone manner, anticipate problems, show initiative, diligent in finding correct answers and keep meticulous notes. Job Duties May Include: Schedule, prep and arrange transportation for 1-3 doctors’ visits per month. To include compiling a list of questions, a list of medications, changes in symptoms and provide medical records from other healthcare providers Interpret insurance policies and medical billing codes Reconcile medical bills Track payments toward deductibles Inquire about incorrect medical…

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I am Pro-human. Pro-decency. Pro-morals. Pro-healthcare.

May 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

I am Pro-human. Pro-decency. Pro-morals. Pro-healthcare. What happened last Thursday, when the House approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), represents none of these things. My anger doesn’t just stem from the fact that if passed by the Senate “as is” and enacted into law, it will personally affect me in regards to my pre-existing conditions. My anger lies in the injustice that could be done to millions of Americans, especially to those of you reading this because it likely will affect you, my friends in the chronic pain community. Why is Everyone Saying #ihaveapreexistingcondition ? Like many of those who voted for the AHCA law, I have not read it. After pouring over dozens of articles written by those far more intelligent than me, I have discerned that the blanket statement of “the AHCA law does not cover pre-existing conditions,” is not accurate. The nuances of the bill, however,…

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Medical Mondays- Changing Insurance Companies Finale

April 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is the last part in the crazy lengths I had to go to to fight for an insurance company to honor their word and collect money they owed me. To read the first part of this series, click here. Recap: I’ve been fighting to get reimbursed for funds I paid out of pocket for medications during the time my new insurance company took to process my application and obtain proof of insurance coverage three months late. 8/25/15- I called back because I had never gotten a phone call or received any mail regarding my last inquiry. They said I would get a call-back within 3 business days. It had now been 9 business days. I explained the situation again. I received the same rhetoric that they would only pay the contracted rate they had for each drug. Again, I explain that I would have happily given the pharmacy my…

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Medical Monday- Changing Insurance Carriers

April 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

I find it important to share the trials and struggles of dealing with insurance companies and doctor bills. It can become a job in and of itself. For those in chronic pain, we only have so much energy to deal with this crap. I feel like they assume you’re not going to fight them and just give in. While I don’t want to spend endless hours on the phone, I am not going to be taken advantage of or stuck in the red tape. I’m sharing a two-party series on an insurance issue from 2015 that took 10 months to resolve. Just know that you are not the only one who gets bogged down in the bureaucracy.

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Affordable Care Act Platinum Plan

February 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

Since its inception, I’ve received insurance through the Affordable Care Act. It was enacted almost at the same time the I went on disability and lost coverage under my employer. I was still in the process of applying for Social Security Disability and knew that it could be years before I was eligible for Medicare. During open enrollment in 2016, I knew that I wanted to keep the plan that I had the previous year. This required no action on my part. The plan would just roll over. However, I received in the mail a notice saying that the plan I was currently on would no longer be available in 2016. Therefore my insurance carrier informed me that they were placing me in the next best plan. I didn’t really pay attention (totally unlike me).

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Hospital Bill #2

February 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is the second post on a 3-Part Series, dealing with one particular medical bill. Called 9/8– I now had the information the last person asked for. It was on their website. I mean, if I can access it via their website, shouldn’t they be able to find it? There were 3 fairly large charges that were getting passed on to me.

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Katie Golden

Katie is a professional patient, writer for Migraine.com, US Pain Ambassador, patient advocate, speaker, and freelance writer.

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