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Excellus Reinstate Life Changing Infusions you've been providing for 2 years and 5 months!

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5 years ago, I was diagnosed with a debilitating disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy*. In short, RSD causes extreme, constant pain that is rarely under control. It has robbed me of the ability to work and provide for my family, and I am unable to function normally on a daily basis.  

Thankfully, with the recommendation of two of my many doctors (both Board Certified in Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine ), over the past two years and five months I have been able to receive a very successful method of pain reduction through ketamine infusions.  While the ketamine infusions do not completely eliminate the pain, they decrease it enough so that I can do the things I need and want to do, like attend my sons' sporting events and go to church with my family.  

My insurance provider, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, has approved and covered the cost of these infusions for the past two years and five months. They were right to do so: leading research hospitals throughout the United States and around the world has shown the benefits of ketamine infusions in the treatment of RSD, and other forms of insurance such as workers compensation pay for ketamine infusions because it works.

But now, despite the ketamine infusions' obvious benefits, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is freely straining their ethical boundaries.by suddenly denying coverage to myself and likely for many others dealing with RSD, calling it "investigatory." This is merely Excellus’ way of saying it is too expensive and has nothing to do with the medication's efficacy.

 

Sadly, it has proven nearly impossible to appeal to the lucrative health insurance giant that is Excellus, and the extremely high out-of-pocket cost means that I can no longer afford the one medication that has brought any sort of relief.

 

What Excellus is doing is wrong and unethical. Please help me hold Excellus accountable by signing this petition for myself and many others who rely on this treatment to remain good mothers and fathers, and members of society. 

 

Thank you.

 

Tim Corbett

 

*More on this difficult condition can be found here http://www.rsdhope.org



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