This is my first posting to this site, and the reason is to share my success in getting my insurance company to pay for the new Oncotype DX test. The test helps to determine who is at a greater risk of cancer recurrance in the next ten years, but, it also helps those women, like me, who are borderline for needing chemo, to make the decision to have the therapy or not. Most insurance companies still consider the test "investigative" and will deny the payment for it, and it costs $3,450. Well, after two weeks of my constant pressure on the insurance company, hours and hours of investigation on the internet, and documentation of my cancer being the perfect fit for this test, Premera Blue Cross has agreed to pay for it. It is the first case to be approved, and I am so pleased. It has delayed my possible treatment by a couple of weeks, which we all know is mental anguish, but I believe it has been worth it, not only for me, but for the hundreds of women who find themselves in my position of whether chemo is beneficial or not. Maybe now they can have this test and possibly not have to go through chemo. I won't know about myself for 10 to fourteen days (the time the test takes to run), and I may still need to make the decision to go ahead with chemo, but at least now I will know that I have done everything medically possible to make the right decision. So, for those of you out there whose doctors have recommended this test, but your insurance has refused payment, there is hope. Refer them to Premera Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska. We must all take charge of our own bodies....we are our best advocates!
Take care, Jean