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just got a letter 12/24 telling me my insurance coverage terminates on 12/31/09

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Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I did, but I did get a frustrating letter in the mail, which I didn't see or read until Christmas Eve around 6 p.m. The letter was from my insurance company, Aetna, telling me that effective 12/31/09, my insurance coverage will be terminated based on the fact that my group coverage from my former employer (I'm on Cobra) is being terminated 12/31/09. My former employer is a school district and they are closed for the holidays until Jan 4, 2010, which is the week after my insurance will be terminated! I only found out what's going on because I called someone I used to work with who told me the district is changing from Aetna to Health Net on Jan. 1st. No one told me anything at all about this! Shouldn't they be required to give me more than a week's notice, especially a week's notice over the holidays when everyone is closed?! I'm freaking out- I'll have no health insurance as of this coming week and I can't even talk to anyone about it for over another week! It was literally just 2-1/2 weeks ago that Aetna told me they're covering the interferon I'm now taking. I wonder if that Aetna dept. even knew anything about me being dropped soon- I can't believe they would have if they would have known. I think all the blame lays w/ my former employer- I am so mad at themm and I can't even do anything about it. I will be contacting Health Net Monday a.m. to see if they can do anything for me to add me without having to wait for my former employer Vista Unified school district to reopen on Jan. 4th. For any of you who pray out there, this is a prayer request- that this can be solved without too much difficult and/or stress. I supposedly still qualify to pay under CalCobra status for another 16 months. It's no longer the federal Cobra status, but the state level under California law, I can pay the insurance company directly for an additional 18 months & I just started paying Aetna directly under CalCobra status Nov. 1st. ****Anyhow.... my question to you guys is to anyone who has or has experience with Health Net. I think it's called the Healthy Families program & it would be the HMO plan. Has Health Net been difficult or easy to work with, and do they routinely deny things, or do they cover most things? I had pretty good luck with Aetna, and so I'm nervous about changing companies. I just got Aetna to cover my "off label treatment" interferon & had just submitted to see if they'll cover my visits to Dr. Cantrell in Tennesee, who is out of my network. Obviously, I would't have even bothered to try to submit it to them if I had known I'd be changing insurance companies.

dorookie
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a special pray for you Lisa that things go smoothly and that there will be no lag time in your coverage. I am so sorry to hear this is happening to you. I dont have any experience with Health Net, as I have AETNA. But wishing you all the best.

Good Luck
Beth

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am so sorry that on top of everything else you are having to deal with this. I know it is so frustrating. I am a Humana customer, so I don't know anything about your new potential insuror. I hope that the transition is smooth and that the coverage will allow you to continue your current treatment.
Warmly,
Joanne

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I don't have answers, but I sure can pray for you. I hope it all works out well.

*hugs*
Gail

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Never heard of these guys, but if its an HMO, that concerns me - they will be able to dictate which doctor you will see, and referrals would probably be needed, and coverage can be limited.

HMO's put me in the bind I was in many moons ago, and I could not get a referral or determine my treatment - the rest of my story is well known.

And I think the big thing is will they pay for Dr. Cantrell's treatments because they are an HMO.

Sounds like a cost saving measure by the school district to move off of PPO and over to HMO.

I'm sorry that they allowed this to happen to you - someone dropped the ball around the holidays leaving you with limited recourse for action.

Hopefully, you will still be able to see your doctor and continue with your new treatments - these things should not happen to people in a modern society, but it always centers around $$$.

I'm glad your Christmas was good anyway - have a safe New Years.

-Craig

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You know the timing was intentional. I seriously have no idea what to make of your situation. I will pray that you are given the patience and wisdom to deal with your upcoming debacle. I hope you have a prescription for some nerve and high blood pressure meds. You're probably gonna have to foot the bill for as long as it takes to get your insurance squared away. I wish you the best of luck with your treatment and finding insurance.

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Hi Craig,

I actually have already had an HMO. They've really been pretty good so far, actually. Difficult for a couple of months when I was first diagnosed, but really very good since then. According to the former coworker I spoke with, Aetna prices were going way up, so the teacher's union took a vote and decided to pressure the school district to change. Now, the school employees have a choice between Kaiser and Health Net. Kaiser is still provided for the family free of charge so many employees picked that & Health Net has a cost to employees, but not as high as they were having to pay for the Aetna. All the years I worked for Vista school district, I had medical benefits provided for my entire family at no charge. Definitely a wonderful benefit, as most school districts around only covered the employee, not the whole family. My husband's company only pays $150 towards health insurance costs, so I definitely had a good thing going while it lasted.

Thanks for the support-
Lisa

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I hope there isn't a lapse of coverage, and really, there shouldn't be. I just hope they continue to cover you as well as Aetna did.

We had Aetna ins. at one time and it was really great.

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So sorry Lisa,

I was in a similar situation. We were on Cobra when my husbands previous employer changed companies. It was a mess but we worked it out. We went with an HMO and paid the extended Cobra until it ran out. I'm now on a medicare/medical coverage thru the same HMO. It was really scary to be in treatment and lose my insurance. The social worker at the hospital was very helpful in getting everything to work out.

I will be praying for you.

God bless you and give you peace.

Debbie (gramma)

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I just said a prayer for you Lisa. God Bless, patti

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GEEEEZ! If ya didn't already have enough to deal with!!! Just when everything seems to be going smooth it just figures something had to screw up..... I will definately keep you in my prayers and hopefully this will get resolved quickly. Good luck

Jennie

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This is a link to a website with lots of information about CAL-COBRA and federal COBRA including relevant phone numbers in case this info would help you in any way. Maybe someone will answer one of these phones if government offices are reopened before your school district. Just trying to help -- you may already have some of this info.

http://www.hmohelp.ca.gov/dmhc_consumer/hp/hp_cobra.aspx

I'm sorry for the stress and anxiety these types of mail cause. And how they seem to come at the worst possible time ever. I got a letter the eve of my colon resection surgery saying that I was being rejected for the continuing coverage of life insurance I was guaranteed when I lost my job. The reason the insurance company gave was they said I did not mail my premium in time, although I mailed it within less than a week of receiving the paperwork for my former employer and they had the power to accept it if they wanted for up to another month by their own stated terms. I appealed and even provided copies of the postmark etc. to show that my former employer was late sending it out and sent it to the wrong address, causing a five day delay in delivery to me, but still got denied something that was my right and didn't require health documentation to receive as a benefit.

Of course, it wasn't the mailing date that caused them to reject my application and premium payment - it was cancer diagnosis; they just aren't going to say that. I got totally screwed on something that was my legal right. I had to have surgery the next day after receiving the letter and since then have been trying to recover and am also taking care of others in my family who also have cancer and another terminal illness and just haven't even had the energy or time to try and consult with a lawyer to see if there is anything else I can do. It caused me many sleepless nights because I had counted on the life insurance to take care of financial issues like medical and funeral expenses for me if I don't survive my cancer and my recently laid off husband is left holding the bag on thousands of dollars worth of expenses.

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Nuts!!! I HATE when they do this!!! Almost makes me WANT the health insurance being proposed!!!!

Yes, call Aetna, and HealthNet. And, if you have a number, your underwriter for your COBRA (I'm guessing that's Aetna....). I always played nice at first (BTW, HealthNet is large...so keep trying to wade thru THAT mess...I have that insurance!!!!), asking for their help, explaining that 'I am an active patient right now...what should I do?????'...THEN, if that doesn't work, well, I got sort of pushy...lol...threw around insurance commission, etc....although, it's really the school district's boo-boo...sigh...maybe call the district office????

Hugs, Kathi

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First, Merry Christmas. Second, the news you got sucks but I did a quick search and saw this:
"Q24: Am I eligible for COBRA if my company closed or went bankrupt and there is no health plan?
A:If there is no longer a health plan, there is no COBRA coverage available. If, however, there is another plan offered by the company, you may be covered under that plan. Union members who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for a medical plan also may be entitled to continued coverage."

I found the info here.

I hope this has some helpful info for you Lisa
{hugs}
-phil

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Lisa,
I am so sorry about the insurance stuff. You also need to contact the California Insurance Commission. They have an omsbudsman that might beable to help.

Also I will be praying for you, you bet!
Jan

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Sorry this is happening to you. Nothing can rival the stress of fighting cancer, but the struggle with insurance companies is certainly a strong stressor.

As a former school employee, you might try to contact CTA or your local association. There is a CTA regional office in San Diego. Also, if you don't otherwise resolve your problem, you might consider filing a complaint with the California Insurance Commissioner. Another idea: your Congressperson or Senators Feinstein and/or Boxer may have an ombudsman who could help you navigate this issue.

I hope this works out for you.

Hatshepsut

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I used my Congressman to straighten out a trouble I had with Social Security. When no one else could...

Hugs, Kathi

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they did the same thing to me but I got a 30 day notice and signed up for another to take over as of Jan 1 and then aetna listed me as closed when I went for a 7000.00 chemo and I almost had a heartatack called them and thay said it had been done in error and they would have to reinstate me and it would take 2 weeks which would have been the 31st I fought like crazy explaining that they were not keeping me from getting an asprin they had me fax some stuff over to them and got it done fast I think so I would quit calling them every 15 min. anyway I got my treatment and got a 90 day supply of any meds I needed while I had them. They are the worse ins. company around and they have been in business for years. It really suprised me when I got the letter...I will pray that you get this handled fast I wish you the best..

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Hi dear Lisa,all your concerns is understandable.If I were in your position,I would have the same concerns too.Sorry that I don't know anything about insurance companies.You are in my prayers and I have just prayed that everything will fall into places for you.Best luck with everything.Take care.

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Lisa -

I am just wondering whether you are receiving or have considered applying for social security disability. If you have not worked for more than a year, I believe that you are eligible. You also become eligible for Medicare 2 years from the date of disability, which would be the last date that you worked, or the date of diagnosis if you have not worked since diagnosis. My husband's job was eliminated at the end of last year, probably because of my medical bills (he worked for a governmental unit that was self-insured). We have COBRA for 18 months but I will become eligible for medicare before that expires. Insuring the rest of my healthy family should be easier without me.

Just an idea. Let me know if I can help.

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I will look into Medicare- someone else mentioned it also. As a teacher, I was not putting into social security. Teachers have a separate retirement system (STRS) that we put into and are not eligible for social security. We DO, however, put into Medicare. I've been receiving disability through my STRS retirement program. My mom actually mentioned to me yesterday that I should look into the Medicare situation. It's been 2-1/2 yrs now since I worked, so I should definitely look into it.
Thanks for the info!

Lisa

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Lisa, I prayed before answering and hope you can get some answers and peace of mind first thing tomorrow!

We have an HMO and I've not had to have referrals for specialists. Of course, we're in Po-Dunk, USA :o)

Diane

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Lisa,

I am sorry for this; you don't deserve this! I hope you are able to resove this without too much trouble. I will be thinking of you.

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http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq_consumer_cobra.html

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Hello everyone,

I'm overwhelmed by all of your kind and helpful posts about my new insurance dilemma.
Thank you to the many of you who gave me helpful links and helpful information!!!!
You guys are the greatest!
I'll obviously know more tomorrow when I contact Health Net, if they can help me do anything before my school district benefits guy comes back from vacation on Jan. 4th. I was told by a former coworker that I spoke with that Aetna's costs were going up way high and that the teacher's union took a vote and pressured the school district to change insurance companies to keep the cost down for what the employees were needing to pay out. We always have been spoiled in our district by not ever having had to pay for any medical insurance costs at all up until the past year, apparently. I never had to pay anything, which is why my husband and I always used my insurance and not his (his company only contributes $150 & the employee pays the rest, which would now be even more than we're paying for COBRA).
Anyhow, my school district benefits person really dropped the ball- maybe intentionally- who knows, maybe all of my medical expenses was a major contributing factor to why the cost was going up so much! I can't believe, though, that I'm the only one who had major expenses that were being paid for. I can't believe when I try to add it all up, though, how much was paid out on my behalf in the past 2-1/2 yrs! Even before that- my son was on growth hormone for 13 years, my husband had stents put in his heart, etc. When I think of all that, I really can't complain about insurance costs!

My oncologist's office had just put in a request to Aetna last week for a retroactive coverage and reimbursement for my Dr.'s visit to Dr. Cantrell. Since they actually did approve paying for the interferon, we thought we'd have a shot at getting some of Cantrell's Dr. visit cost paid for. Of course, now I'll have to start over with Health Net!

Well, thanks again so much- you guys never fail to come to the rescue to give advice and support!!

I'll let you know what happens and I definitely appreciate the prayers too.

Love ya'll-
Lisa :)

qwe
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Sorry to hear that my prayers are with you.
We had something similar

My husband retired from a job were we got medical inc. we just payed the deductible and out of pocket we just got a letter in the mail saying as of Jan 1 20010 we have to pay fore it now or they will terminate us this is unfair cause the medical Inc was part of the retirement package.

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Hi, Lisa,

My mother is pretty well versed in this sort of thing and I told her about your situation. Here is her response - hope this helps.

If the group plan, Aetna, is being terminated December 31, 2009 because the school is going with another carrier, the “other” carrier has to insure the people on COBRA. Her new insurance will be effective January 1, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. I believe the fact that the school is closed until January 4th is totally irrelevant to the insurance coverage. It would have been nice if the School Board had notified both active employees and those on COBRA about the change in benefits. However, the new carrier MUST continue the benefits of the people who are on COBRA. The major problem with the school being closed is that she cannot get answers as to who her new insurance carrier is. She will be on the Health Net plan.

The other issue at stake is: When does her COBRA run out? Could it be that December 31st is when she loses COBRA benefits? Note that I am referring to the person with the problem as a “she” but it could well be a “he”. Moot issue. He/she should be getting new id cards in the mail momentarily and on Monday, January 4th this person better be on the telephone with the Board of Ed office and get some answers. If the COBRA benefit period does expire on 12-31-09, he/she better buy individual coverage IMMEDIATELY so that he/she doesn’t get hit with a waiting period for preX. However, the fact that Aetna is being termed 12-31-09 is a good indicator that the insurance contract year runs from January 1 and they found a less expensive plan. The Interferon should be covered by Healthnet inasmuch as it was covered by Aetna. Chances are that he/she will have to have the interferon pre-authorized (from the doctor to HealthNet).

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Adrian,

Thank you so much and tell your mother thank you so much for the information! It does give me peace of mind!! As to a couple of your mother's questions... I still qualify for Cobra for another 16 months, so hearing that the new carrier (Health Net) has to also allow me to pay into them is good news! I will definitely be on the phone with them as soon as I can Monday morning.

Gracias!

Lisa

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My job is changing ins coverage next year and its making me nervous, I pray for a positive resolution for you, keep us posted on it.

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I just said a prayer for you, I'm sure it will be answered! I am going through a similar issue. Mu company was sold to Dell and I can only sign up for insurance on January 1st. They asure me that I will be covered as of the 1st. I see the interventional radiologist on the 5th, I am scared to death that I won't have coverage. I don't even know what each insurance is offering for coverage and cost. It is either Aetna or Harvard Pilgrim. Sounds like Aetna might be a pain. Any experience with either of these plans would be appreciated.

Pat

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Hi Pat,

I'm sure you will get added on Jan. 1st like they said will happen. Actually, Aetna has not been a pain. This problem of mine isn't Aetna's fault- it's the fault of my former employer who never notified me of the change and never gave any of my information to Health Net, who will be the new insurance carrier. I've heard a few people slam Aetna, especially the Aetna HMO, but I've really done pretty well under them. They allowed me to have my liver surgery out of network by the surgeon I wanted and it was 100% covered. The only time I ever had troubles w/ them was the first month I was diagnosed and then I was given the run around a bit, but after everything was in order they've been great. My first oncologist used to order CT or PET scans for me every 6 weeks when I first was doing Folfox chemo & the insurance covered it without any problems. They even recently covered my interferon that I'm getting from Dr. Cantrell, which is not on the "approved drug" list for colon cancer. So, if you end up w/ Aetna, don't despair- they've done me pretty well. I'm relaxing now, as I believe it will fall into place for me with Health Net too.

Take care and Happy New Year!
Lisa

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HI All,

Well, Monday morning now & I just got off the phone calling Health Net. They checked and my former employer Vista Unified School District never gave them any of my information and they can't add me until they get something in writing from the school district. Problem is they're closed until Jan. 4th.
I then called the Cobra dept at Aetna and was told the same thing. The woman there was very sweet and sympathetic and said that by law Health Net has to accept me and there won't be an official lapse in coverage because they'll backdate it to Jan. 1st when they process it. That made me feel a lot better. Someone here had already told me that by law Health Net has to accept me since I still have 16 months of qualifying under COBRA laws.
I guess I better go call and see if Aetna will still send me my prescriptions even if it's a bit early & contact all my Dr.'s office of the impending change.

Thanks again, everyone, for the replies, support, and information!
Happy New Year!
Lisa

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Glad that you got some answers.

We live in such a small area that if something like that happened to us, I could call Suzanne R. at home and she could log on and fix it. Everybody either knows everybody or is kin.

Glad this worked out, Lisa. God is in control even when the adversary tried to mess things up.

Diane

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I'm breathing again, I was so worried for you!!!!

Please keep us posted after the 4th...

Hugs, Kathi

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I am so sorry that this has happened. I am hoping that you can straighten everything out. I don't understand how a school district can just change insurance companies and then have dropped you. I am praying that all this gets resolved. Let us know what you find out today. Doesn't seem like they gave you enough time to do anything about this situation either, just doesn't seem fair.

Kim

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Well it sounds like the school district is just switching companies, right? If that's the case, won't you be covered by the new company? i hope it's seamless and you weren't required to fill out any new documents. Either way, I think you should call Aetna to make sure and to see who the new company is and give them a call.

-Sheri

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Hi Kim, Sheri, and everyone else,

I did make all of my pharmacy calls & Aetna is sending me my next month's shipment of interferon tomorrow, even though it's not due to be sent again until Jan. 9th. They made an exception for me and approved it to be shipped early. I was also able to take care of all the rest of my family's meds from our local pharmacy and the mail order pharmacy. The only thing that might not be able to happen is my Dr. appt. that I have on Monday morning, Jan.4th. It's not really an urgent appt, though, so I'm going to call them right now to see if there's a way I can get in before 12/31 or, if not, to put it off another week then.

By the way, I just found out from my onc's office that my CEA # from 12/21 was 28.6. It was 28.7 on 11/30. So, it either went up and came down again after I started on Dr. Cantrell's treatment, or it never went up during that time. It had jumped up 10 points in one week a couple of weeks prior to my last test, so I'll never know if it stayed the same or went up and came down again, but I'm definitely pleased to find out where it's at. Dr. Cantrell had told me not to be alarmed if my CEA initially went up when I first started on the treatment, and that it normally takes about 4 weeks of being on the treatment before it really "kicks in". I had only been on the treatment for 2-1/2 weeks on 12/21. I'm thrilled to know my CEA hasn't skyrocketed while waiting for the treatment to kick in.

Take care everyone-
Lisa

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aetna did the same thing to me!
they said I had exceeded my 'LIFETIME BENEFIT AMOUNT'
(in 6 months)
They are notorious for that.
good luck and i will pray for you.

Craig,I had an hmo for 25 yrs,never had a problem
never paid a dime out of pocket even when a serious injury
kept me in physical therepy and specialists appts for a year.
kATE

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Hi Kate,

Wow- that's amazing and maddening that Aetna told you after 6 months that you had reached your "lifetime benefit amount"! I guess some other people have also had problems with them. My Aetna HMO has actually been very good to me. My problem wasn't being caused by Aetna- it was the fault of my former employer. They switched from using Aetna to Health Net and "forgot" to include me, a paying customer on COBRA status. Apparently, all the regular employees already have their new Health Net ID cards & I was just overlooked. I don't work there and don't talk to my former coworkers as often as I used to. Even so, I spoke to a couple recently, but it never occured to them to bring up the insurance.
It probably was not intentional, because by law I have to be covered under the new insurance carrier they're picking up (Health Net)& I'm sure they know that. Since November 1st, I've been paying the insurance company directly and no longer my former employer, so I guess "out of sight, out of mind" or something like that. It will get taken care of in another week, retro to Jan 1st.

dorookie
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I am so glad you got some answers and especially that AETNA helped you out with your prescriptions. I really like AETNA, have had them for over 4 years now and all through the cancer stuff they approved everything and I had no problems. I hope you have good luck with your new insurance.

Sure hope you are feeling okay with the treatments, you are in my thoughts and prayers...

God Bless
Beth

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I am on an 'individual HMO' plan with them. The umbrella company has always been very helpful and sympathetic, I just once got mixed up with a group that was not very good. But, because I did my homework, I was able to set everything to right, and they even have a 'wellness nurse' that contacted me every so often to make sure I was doing well.

The 'bad' group was horrible with paying, and drove my medical team to distraction....my onc got so mad that she said 'Kathi, I can't give you your infusion because they haven't paid on anything'. Now, I called them, and they said my onc hadn't billed, typical run around...one pointing at the other...but I called my onc back and said "I know my rights, you are contracted with my carrier, it's not my fault they are slow paying. I WILL be there for my infusion as scheduled!!!!!" (I had also told the group administration that I would be very appreciative if they called my onc and made a payment). Sigh...

I'm so relieved that you are getting it straightened out, but I am also mad that you have to do this when you are battling for your health!!!!

BTW, have you heard from our mutual friend?

Hugs, Kathi

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Hi Kathi,

Thanks for sharing your experience with Health Net with me. Frustrating that so many of us with health problems have to battle insurance so much! I am expecting my last interferon shipment from Aetna today. I think all will end up being okay, but I know I'll have to keep up on it all & never just leave things to take care of themselves, because that normally doesn't happen.

Yes, I've heard from our "mutual friend". I'll send you a PM w/ details.

Take care Kathi and enjoy your "snowy" stay in Holland :)

Lisa

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I too had insurance problems about coverage and they were able to resolve it in one day. They are very helpful. I will pray that it clears up fast for you. I always think of you and wonder how you are doing with dr Cantrell. God bless you and stay strong and happy 2010 to all of us.
Jill

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Hi Jill,

Thanks for the link- I'm bookmarking it to my computer for easy access for future use. I just got my last interferon shipment from Aetna's mail order pharmacy a few minutes ago, so that was good that Aetna sent it (it wasn't due to ship till Jan. 9th, but they made an exception for me and sent it early). I'm feeling pretty good so far with Dr. Cantrell's treatment. I've had way more energy and felt way better than when I was on the Folfiri chemo. I haven't even had to take any Immodiums, which is a very nice change! My CEA has not gone up in a few weeks, which is wonderful because it was rising steadily and nonstop before. I'll take that as a sign that the treatment is working so far! I'll know more when I actually get a scan in Feb.

Well, you have a good New Year's-
Lisa

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Quote:

I'm feeling pretty good so far with Dr. Cantrell's treatment. I've had way more energy and felt way better than when I was on the Folfiri chemo. I haven't even had to take any Immodiums, which is a very nice change! My CEA has not gone up in a few weeks, which is wonderful because it was rising steadily and nonstop before. I'll take that as a sign that the treatment is working so far!

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Lisa, that is GREAT news! Congrats and Happy New Year!

Diane

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