Jan 27, 2013 - 10:35 pm
My husband was diagnosed Oct'12 and has had 4 rounds of chemo so far. Our insurance(Cigna) only approves bone marrow transplant prodecure at Mayo clinic in Phoenix-we live in Tucson,AZ which is 3.5 hours away. Tucson has a great local cancer treatment center but not covered. Our doctor suggested writing an appeal to my employer to ask for a variance due to hardship. We have 4 children ages 9-15 and can not make daily trips to Phoenix for treatment-advised it is daily for a month then every other day for month or two after that. Insurance will cover hotel, rental car, milage and food for 2 up to $10,000(lifetime) but I would have to lose work, pay for childcare on top of my husband unable to work.
Has anyone else had to write a letter to get insurance to allow local treatment? If so, was it successful? I need help soon as his bloodwork shows he needs the treatment sooner rather than later.
Thank you in advance for any help,