Posted: 28 Aug 2011 09:52 AM PDT
One of our regular readers, Vannette from Utah, is the wife and caregiver to multiple myeloma patient, Glen.
Vannette and I have been emailing back and forth for quite some time. The primary issue has been Glen's insurance company's refusal to approve his stem cell transplant on the grounds they consider Glen to be a "high risk" multiple myeloma patient.
So what? Apparently, their insurance company believes undergoing a stem cell transplant would be a waste of time.
How awful! I bet that helps Vannette and Glen feel hopeful... How horrible! Is this any way to treat a fellow human being? I know several "high risk" myeloma patients who have been able to achieve complete response (CR) following an auto SCT.
Vannette has started a blog to help chronicle their appeal process. It is organized and well written. It should be helpful for others of our fellow patients who are preparing to battle their insurance company or Medicare for the right to receive treatment and/or disability benefits.
Her blog is called His Invisible Miracles. Check-it-out!
In the meantime, I wonder if the new Federal Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), that so many seem determined to repeal, can't help here. Or did Utah "opt out" of the program? Maybe Vannette can write back and let us know if that might be another option...
Feel good, keep smiling--AND KEEP FIGHTING! Pat
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