Approve Alternative/integrative care for patients

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Approve Alternative/integrative care for patients

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Linda Morales started this petition to Health Insurance Companies

Having a chronic illness is very difficult. Whether it be cancer, autoimmune, Lyme, heart disease or any other ailment, it's downright hard. When chronic illness enters the picture, marriages can be strained, friendships are lost, parenting is more challenging, hobbies are lost, employment is lost and finances are often in ruins. There is much more we deal with day in and day out, but one of the biggest hurdles to getting truly well is medical care.  As a chronic illness patient and someone who works with many women with chronic illness, I see this firsthand.  Insurance companies often have no problem paying for a $35k pharmaceutical that leaves some  patients more ill than prior to starting but but will not cover the alternative care that can truly get us well. I spent most of the last year in bed, trying to get out of an autoimmune flare up and tried every pharmaceutical within reason. The side effects landed me in the hospital many times and I became more and more sick, which obviously cost the insurance company a fortune. We were not in the position to afford alternative care and insurance would not cover it, but through some fundraising efforts and being gifted a small amount to help cover the expense, I was able to receive some alternative treatments and I am feeling better than I have in over one year. I am off almost every pharmaceutical and the insurance company was paying a fortune for those.... But they will not pay for a simple consultation with a naturopathic doctor who treats with nutrition, vitamins, supplements, etc. They also do not cover tests the run get to the root issue so we can have a hope to be "cured", not just managed. Or various alternative treatments such as ozone therapy, that are so effective.   Now that we've run out of funds for my treatment and I know insurance will not cover it (Even though it worked and was less expensive), I am frustrated and wanted to speak out on behalf of all of the people in a similar circumstance. It's a true shame that our medical system does not care about the quality of life in these patients, or even truly healing them. Let's speak up and get insurance companies to pay attention. We deserve a choice when it comes to our own bodies and future of our health and that of our children. .

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