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Immune Deficiency Patients Lose Control of Their Treatments


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12/26/2011
Alison Rodin
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If you are being treated for an immune deficiency disorder in Massachusetts and applying for Social Security disability benefits, you need to keep up with the latest news about your condition. While you would certainly prefer not to have this condition in the first place, hopefully your doctor has been able to stabilize your health with the use of drug therapy.

But, as always, the bottom line comes first with insurance companies, and some are choosing to pull the rug out from under doctors and patients throughout the country by changing the drugs that are available to them. 

On November 22, 2011, it was announced that Coventry Health Care plans to change its formulary for many approved drugs, including those used to treat immune deficiency disorders. 

Patients could be forced to change their current successful treatments and face the instability of untried drugs. And, if you are currently being treated with immunoglobulin, the FDA says there is no generic replacement. Also, immunoglobulin treatments cannot be interchanged. 

This is just one example of how insurers are dictating the health of many Americans. It is happening everywhere. The Immune Deficiency Foundation, a patient advocate group, is fighting these changes and has launched an initiative dubbed, “Insurers are Not Doctors.” Their director, Dr. Michael Blaese, says, “Insurers are not doctors, and it is important that we act quickly to stop health insurance plans like Coventry from disempowering patients and physicians.”

The experts at Keefe Disability Law represent people like you in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. We keep up on the status of Social Security disability issues and work hard to support our patients. Call us toll free today for a free case evaluation at 888-904-6847.



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