pre-existing conditions??? help?

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   Posted 1/18/2012 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello fellow Lupies. I have a few questions I can't seem to find the answer to. My PCP "diagnosed" me with lupus some time before Christmas, however there is no formal diagnosis on paper. Only symptoms, tests, treatments, etc. He set up an appt for me next month with a rheumy for treatment.
I had insurance through my employer, but it was taken away because my health wouldn't allow me to work full time.
My husband and I applied for private health insurance, since he works construction (he can't keep coverage continously).
This is the problem I'm facing. If I have scheduled an appointment, before insurance was actually issued, are they going to deny coverage? Will anything that falls under the lupus category now be pre-existing? The waiting list is long for the rheumy and I need to start treatment.
Any insight/advice greatly appreciated.
Jessica, diagnosis: Celiac Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
MVP, Clinical Depression, Anxiety
Celexa, Atenolol, Prilosec, Prednisone, Meloxicam

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   Posted 1/18/2012 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
If your doctor says lupus before your insurance kicks in it is known as a pre-existing condition and you will have a very hard time getting insurance coverage.

I'm stuck with my insurance now because I've got a diagnosis and no other insurance company will cover me. :(

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   Posted 1/18/2012 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Just answer the questions from the insurance company honestly, and don't add any extra information they do *not* ask.

As I recall, they ask: "Have you been diagnosed with ____?", which is NO.

I've never been asked "Are you waiting for diagnosis for__?" or "Do you have appointments scheduled to investigate________?" -- for those type of questions you'd have to reveal your scheduled appointment, otherwise I personally would think you'd be ok.

Only an insurance professional representing the specific company you are purchasing from could answer the question, but as you can guess, asking the question may not be the best idea!
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   Posted 1/21/2012 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Its not an official dx til its on paper. PCP probably having Rheumy varify dx
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