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Why is Jeff Losing His Health Insurance Benefits?

February 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Family Of EEE Patient Fighting To Keep Insurance Coverage —  The guy in this article used to frequent a homebrewing online forum that I also belong to.  Last Fall, he came down with Eastern Equine Encephalitis which is a mosquito-borne illness that causes swelling of the brain.  He was in a coma for months but finally came out of it and has been battling his way back, learning to talk, eat, and interact with his family all over again.  And now, Blue Cross Blue Shield is trying to cut off his benefits because he’s not making enough progress.  Of course, they can’t seem to articulate the actual standard they’re measuring his progress by.

Reminds me of the stuff my folks went through with Dad’s Multiple Sclerosis and the insurance companies.  I’ve known several insurance salesmen over the years who were good, decent human beings.  I don’t want to tar them with this but when it comes to the companies…  Well, just remember: the insurance company isn’t, and never will be, your friend.

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  • 1 Peggy // Feb 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

    What even bothers me most is that your friend is more than likely not able to handle fighting the insurance company, so friends or family are stuck with the battle. Insurance companies seem to rely on a person being in crisis and confused, making their paperwork even harder to understand.

  • 2 Donovan // Apr 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    After some good publicity on local media, I’m happy to report that an accommodation was reached and Jeff is still on the road to recovery. Still, it’s tough to have to fight on so many fronts when you need to be focused on your recovery.

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