Disability case of Lyme with the Standard insurance company

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   Posted 1/2/2018 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just reading the following case:

It sounds as though this guy had really bad neurolyme, and the Standard would only give him 2 years of Long Term Disability coverage. Not only that, they publicized his name and every detail of his medical record on the internet, and he'll probably never be able to get a job again. That's not really worth 2 years of disability payment, if you ask me.

I was thinking about applying for disability through the Standard because I get it through work, but after seeing what this guy went through with them, I don't think it's really worth it. Do they have a right to publish your name and medical record on the internet? That seems really unfair.

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   Posted 1/2/2018 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Man, just from what little I read, that case is a mess - for a few reasons.

I agree that publishing his name and medical history seems unusual. But, since he's involved in litigation, I suppose that's part of the deal. I work (well, worked, until today) for a healthcare company and our rules around patient privacy are crazy strict.

The Neuro-Lyme guy seems like he's also a mess. I hope he's able to find his way out of that nightmare.

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   Posted 1/2/2018 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, when it becomes litigation, the name and information is generally public, right???

Dude, I was having problems with one of my claims for one of my kids. I called the insurance company, and even though he was a teen, they said they couldn't talk to me about it without my MINOR CHILD giving ME permission to discuss a claim/bill that I was legally and financially obligated?

Yes, I can understand the need for privacy policies, but seriously, give me a break! I have every right as a parent to ask about a claim for my child - that I HAVE to pay!
They said he had right to privacy, but ironically, I was at the medical appointment with him the FULL time. Plus, I wasn't even calling to talk about the medical appointment... I was calling to talk about that they sent the check to the wrong place. I had to wait for my kid to come home and get on the phone with me to "give permission" to me to talk to the insurance company.

The insurance company said I can avoid this in the future by logging online and having "my child" enable this option for me to talk moving forward. Ummmmm, how ridiculous is that? Couldn't any parent just enable it? No safety check there to ensure it's your child signing it?

It's soooooo broken.

Post Edited (1000Daisies) : 1/2/2018 7:35:11 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/2/2018 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I think all these cases end up in court. That's just standard procedure. So, by default, they are going to publish ever intimate detail of your ongoing health problems on the internet. Well, good luck getting a job after that.


Dude, you called it quits? Good for you. I think that was the right move.
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