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  •  That is awful. (7+ / 0-)

    Insurance companies COUNT on you giving up and backing down in the face of bureaucracy.

    I had a patient whose breast cancer was discovered when it was intraductal, meaning a very tiny clump of cells within a milk duct that had not spread.  Good news, right?

    WRONG.  After her surgery, radiation, and chemo she was informed that her insurance was denied because their definition of cancer was "a group of malignant cells with a tendency to spread."  Because her cells had not yet spread it was not, by their definition, cancer.

    Did they want to wait until it was life-threatening and in her lymph nodes to cover her?

    She fought it for a year all the way to the state insurance commissioner and won.  Imagine fighting all that while you're dealing with the effects of all those treatments and being frightened as well!

    But they were counting on her to back down.

    Good on you for fighting them.

    So sorry you have to fight for what is rightfully yours.

    FDR: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
    RNC: The only thing we have is fear.

    by smileycreek on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 06:31:09 PM PST

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