I have Cigna as well, and I was told they would absolutely not cover pro-biotics. I didn't pursue it beyond my first call, but I wonder if Mrsarcasm's method might work? Remicade is tres expensive compared to VSL#3 DS. If you pursue getting Cigna to cover the VSL, let me know how it went. Maybe if more people with Cigna began requesting it, they might change their mind? My work also offers a Flexible Spending Account, and I learned that pro-biotics would be reimbursable as long as my doctor sent in a letter stating that they were medically needed. That helps a little with the cost, although I'm still paying full price...
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( 2.5mg/day, back up to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Tried the spinach/sunflower diet. Saw some relief in symptoms after 1 month, but symptoms returned with the taper off prednisone.
Next up - experimental and trial drugs.