CCSVIhusband wrote:Insurance on the other hand (private insurance) is a more safe bet that you'll get paid, because it gets cleared prior to things happening. Venous issues are a known thing, and covered under US insurance (Joan/Cheer has posted about it before ... I'm not going to dig it up).
Thanks for the reminder, CCSVIhusband.
I know too that so many are paying for this fully out-of-pocket.
Has anyone else heard this from any other providers? Right now this is an isolated case.
Yes, but it gets ignored. There have been several that have been denied claims, though admittedly that is not the norm, right now.
Hopefully, someday, CCSVI will have it's own ICD code and this will become irrelevant, but for now, it remains the oft-quoted codes we all know about and hopefully stays that way for MS patients. We haven't really seen full effect of any of this in the US, it's not national newsworthy (as deemed by whoever makes such political decisions for the networks), and as such, is a relative unknown in the populace in general. Whatever media>public>insurer cycles we've seen in Canada, will be starting anew as if this were a brand spanking new idea never before seen. 350,000,000 here and a very healthy percentage would have no idea what you were talking about with ccsvi>ms, let alone the appetizer platter's worth of corollary issues
When that day comes, and we've been waiting nearly a YEAR now to get even close to the coverage in Canada, this will become a brand new hot topic of discussion, as insurance companies become deluged with claims. Simple numbers game, more population, more patients, bevvy of private insurers all with their unique coverages, it's going to be interesting times as they say. Canada was a bit simpler from that standpoint, as their pen(s) creates quite broader strokes than the US...
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, Virtually symptom free since, no relap