I was diagnosed with RA in March 09, and it progressed/flared rapidly. I took a paid (60% salary) medical leave of absence, and finally when the end of October rolled around and I wasn't any closer to getting back to work on a reliable basis like at the same time every day, they let me go. They said it was no reflection of the quality of my work, that it was a business decision. The company paid my health benefits until Nov 30, then COBRA kicked in December 1, but the insurance company seems to be picking and choosing what they will pay for and what they won't. What a headache!!!
I applied for Social Services aid, and got $200/month in Food Stamps, which helps a bit. My parents, God bless them, have dipped into their retirement fund to pay my bills since mid November 09, but They can't keep doing it so my full time job now is finding funding for my bills and fending off bill collectors. Oh yeah, and I'm trying to get well on a new IV drug (Orencia) after the last one (Remicaid) caused non-stop infections for 7-8 weeks.
I've applied for patient assistance for the Orencia that is offered by the pharmaceutical company that produces the drug, since it's $600/dose and while my insurance pays for my rheumatologist visits, it won't pay for my visits to the brand new infusion center right across the hall because it doesn't have the correct medical code to be covered. It's so frustrating, I'm all out of tears, but just look forward to getting a lump sum of money when some of the Social Services kick in so I can pay off some of these bills!!! Sorry for ranting, but I know someone understands at least part of this. Bless you all for your support.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety