Medicare has determined that CCSVI venoplasty is "experimental" and will not pay for the procedure. This also effects many private medical insurance policies because they often often Medicare's lead on what's covered.
If this spreads throughout the medical insurance industry, then treatments will revert to being strictly cash only.
I doubt that many can afford that kind of expense.
Not if, but when. It's distressing, can't get the science studied so acceptance is assured or denied once and for all, (for treatment coverage), meanwhile Medicare is wising up and rubber stamping NO, with as you say insurance companies to follow suit. This was why I told people if you are going to get treated, do it now because the noose is tightening. If you wait you may have no options in the future, they can stall this entire thing for many years. If you are rich, you don't care because you can pay cash, for the rest of us, this is an important decision to make with long lasting consequences. On another note, in my experience if insurance covers a procedure, such as mine, they are also obligated to cover follow up care since they ponied up for the initial procedure. That is why I don't get too concerned about follow ups such as the one coming up, but as always, a phone call ahead of time can't hurt either.
Even if you have insurance and they'll cover this, if you are waiting you may reach the point where they have a policy in place concerning this for MS patients and it may not be agreeable. chronic-cerebrospinal-venous-insufficiency-ccsvi-f40/topic14770-30.html#p145076
Actually, the news from Medicare is even worst then just denying coverage on future CCSVI procedures. They have contacted me (Explanation of Benefits Notice) that my last procedure, which was done in December 2010, has also been disallowed. They are requesting repayment from American Access Care for the entire amount. This also includes pre- and post- procedure office visits and ultrasound tests.
I would imagine that each medical insurance company policy has its own version of whether or not the CCVSI procedure is covered, but some do follow Medicare's lead.
If you are covered, I wouldn't waste any time getting it done.