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Rejected And Reversed

I thought I had gotten away with transitioning between health insurers seamlessly. But alas, in this fucked up, maddeningly complicated, healthcare system, it was not meant to be.

This past Monday I started a 10 session radiation regimen for a growing cancerous lymph node in my left pelvic region. The previous week I had a standard “radiation teach”  learning session and a “coordinate scanning” CT scan so that the technicians could use the images to guide Burnadette’s radiation beam to its nasty target.

Early in the week I received this notice of rejection from my new insurance company:

So, I went to the Excellus BCBS web site to verify. Lo and behold:

After calling my radiologist and telling her about the rejection, she told me not to worry. She would call the insurance company and have a peer-to-peer discussion with the insurance company doctor that rejected my claims.

On Friday, I received this reversal of decision notice:

My radiologist came through for me with flying colors. Thanks Tracy. You rock!

So, I made it through 5, 15 minute, burn sessions last week. I hope I can make it through the last five this week before my state gets put on COVFEFE-45 “lockdown“. Oh, and I have an Opdivo infusion scheduled for the following week. This is sooooo much fun that I can’t wait to find out what the future holds.

Categories: Cancer
  1. Craig P
    March 18, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Tony, I have read your blog from bottom to top and am in shock and awe of what you have endured over the past four years – and continue to endure. I pray that new treatments come along soon to help you. I keep hearing about these cancer eating advances, but somehow they all seem to fizzle and not reach those most in need. Keep up the fight. You are an inspiration to us all. Wishing you the best with you most recent treatment and my hopes on new treatments that can help you beat this. Craig

    • March 18, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Craig,
      Great to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words. They brought a tear to my eye. You rock buddy! 😘

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