Skeye- How do I say this like Aa lady? You are such an inspiration and this is so unjust. Yell, scream, then take a deep breath and keep on keepin on. Keep fightin the insurance. Have you considered going to the hospital and asking them to wave the charges? I know...when you finish laughing at the thought of the healthcare system actually doing some health care for its patients, there is a certain amount of money set aside by each institution for cases ( you all know the word, I can't think of it thanks to all the meds floating in my head). It might be worth it to talk to the social service dept at the hosp. where the procedure would be done. I don't know why and am afraid I am still dreaming but I had the nerve stim done, trial and perm. Insurance was suppose to pay because it was outpatient, one day. They said it was no problem. I was working and had a PPO at the time. After I had everything done, THEN insurance changed its mind, said it was experimental and hit me with an $82,000.00 bill. It could have been 82 million because with 2 kids in college, me going on disability, mounting med nills, there was just no blood coming out of this stone. We started the fight. Did due dilagence and stated we were told that since they said it was out-patient and was covered, started the appeal process. Then one day, out of the blue I got a phone call from the billing dept at the hosp. saying that the bill had been taken care of. After I picked my jaw up from the floor,I asked for that in writing. I'm still not sure what happened to make it get written off. Someone didn't do their homework but I think a good place to start would be social services at the hospital.
Also, it wouldn't be a bad idea to talk to a reporter at the local newspaper , just a community interest story about
the plight of another "poor soul" being affected by the economy and healthcare. Sometimes you have to "throw yourself on the mercy of the court" as it were. The squeaky wheel approach is one way you can try now.
good luck and warm warm hugs
painfree weekend to you all
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Post Edited By Moderator (Chutz) : 2/27/2010 3:52:56 PM (GMT-7)