I have an HMO, I had a PPO up until a couple of years ago (cost savings was so much better for the HMO). I decided to give a try, when I called the referral line, I was worried b/c I live in NH, I go to a place where all the Doc's are in the same building in NH and I want to go to the Chrons and Colitis Center in Boston. The referral line said that I just have to go through my specialist or primary and that they do referrals there. Such peace of mind. I was so worried I would have to change all my Doc's etc. I work in MA (went to the Doc's in MA when I had PPO & @ same co.), so I have coverage in MA too as well as NH, have BCBS.
Also, I talked to my Aunt who is going to research too and we are getting together for dinner next week, darn pred makes me cry! She's so sweet! I can't wait to be there for her someday, though I hope it's a long time.
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!