Health Insurance Companies Not Always on Your Side   Leave a comment

I don’t know where you stand on Obamacare and all that, and I don’t really want to know or even to get into it. But this story is a reminder that we all need to stay vigilant when it comes to our health care and our insurance.

Now, I don’t mean to get too dramatic with the title of this post, and I don’t mean to say that insurance companies are against you. It’s just that they’re looking out for themselves and their own bottom lines. The article in question is about a Vermont state representative undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his insurance provider declining to pay for some of his treatments because they weren’t sure they were necessary. Even though his oncologist had ordered them! This man was able to call the chairman of the state house’s health committee, who was able to call the chief lobbyist of the insurance provider, who was presumably able to call someone at the company, who was able to take care of the payment for service.

But it shouldn’t have to come to all that, should it have? And the state rep. rightly points out that people who don’t have his connections would’ve been out of luck. I don’t know what the answer is, but there’s got to be some better way than this.

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Posted September 7, 2012 by lymphomactivist in NHL

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