Husband is still completely in remission. Amazingly we only had to go through one appeal with the insurance company to get it covered. Probably because he had used all the other approved biologics and had surgery scheduled -- the meds are cheaper than three surgeries for a j-pouch. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
I think that my surgeries were in total over $600,000 paid out by my insurance company and 50+ days in the hospital.
The meds aren't cheap either, my current insurance company pays out about
$110,000 a year for my annual Stelara costs.
DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara and Sulfasalazine