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Health News Roundup

A few bits of good news from the past week, mostly having to do with insurance:

1) After receiving three letters from my insurance company saying that coverage of the Optune was being denied after all, I received confirmation from my oncologist that he was still confident they would relent in the end. Then came a fourth letter saying that, yes, they would be covering the Optune after all. The letter does not explain why they changed their tune.

2) After receiving two further forms to submit for SSDI and a third form received by Denys(!), I complained to Allsup, which is the third-party company hired by my long term disability insurance company (the Standard) to help me apply for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance -- a federal program in the US), and they said they'd intervene on my behalf. So this week I received confirmation that I had been approved for SSDI.

3) Yesterday I took the last dose of my eighth round of chemo. Only four rounds to go. I'm two-thirds of the way there and champing at the damn bit.

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llcoolvad
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
Really glad to hear about the good news! I hate insurance companies and the ridiculous amount of time anything takes to get done. One of many reasons that I wish we all had single-payer or universal health care.

Glad you're doing ok.
randy_byers
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on single-payer, but the way that the GOP is digging in on obstructing any changes to the health insurance industry (or any other kind of regulation) makes it seem unlikely we'll see it any time soon. It's a damn shame that we live in such a politically fucked up country.
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randy_byers
Nov. 3rd, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
Progress!
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