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  1. #16
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    So sorry to hear about the insurance problem. My only idea is possible state aid? I don't know anything about your state. I'm from Michigan and know we have Medicaid. What about finding another surgeon? I'll be praying for you.
    Debbie

  2. #17
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    Thanks everyone!
    I have been trying to look for some other ways to get this done, but It seems that all I find is a wall at the end. I'm from california, and none of the surgeons woks with it.... ahhh. I don't know what I am going to do. On top of it, I have been having the worst chest pains ever latetly. My whole rib cage hurts....
    Pilar

  3. #18
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    Hi Pilar
    do you have Medical? i would give the congress/senate people a try..what do you have to lose? if you contact them, AND the newspaper, & tell them that your insurance will not allow an urgent surgery..what with all the noise and press about the health care system in our country, just maybe you can get some attention...also, sometimes congresspeople know of benefactors who can help...i really think it's worth a try...i got help when i sent a letter to AARP (i realize you are not old enuf) to publicize that my husband's hospital trip for a severe bout of flu was refused by Aetna...i sent a COPY of the letter i wrote to AARP to our insurance company.. the result... our bill was PAID IN FULL!!! that's all it took, the possible embarrassment to Aetna of the publicity, and Aetna was moved to pay the bill!!!! You have nothing to lose trying....

    best of luck
    jess

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    Hi Pilar
    do you have Medical? i would give the congress/senate people a try..what do you have to lose? if you contact them, AND the newspaper, & tell them that your insurance will not allow an urgent surgery..what with all the noise and press about the health care system in our country, just maybe you can get some attention...also, sometimes congresspeople know of benefactors who can help...i really think it's worth a try...i got help when i sent a letter to AARP (i realize you are not old enuf) to publicize that my husband's hospital trip for a severe bout of flu was refused by Aetna...i sent a COPY of the letter i wrote to AARP to our insurance company.. the result... our bill was PAID IN FULL!!! that's all it took, the possible embarrassment to Aetna of the publicity, and Aetna was moved to pay the bill!!!! You have nothing to lose trying....

    best of luck
    jess
    Pilar,

    Jess has a really good idea. It's worth a shot. Good luck.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  5. #20
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    Pilar...

    I've assumed that you've actually read your insurance policy, and confirmed that the $50,000 cap is real. If that's not the case, you definitely have a cause to fight. If the $50,000 is in writing, I doubt that any amount of complaining will make a difference.

    Regards,
    Linda

  6. #21
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    Pilar,

    I found this site: http://www.modestneeds.org which gives help in small doses, but this link: http://www.modestneeds.org/help/grants/rak.asp might be better for you. It has a maximum of $10,000 but thats a step in the right direction. Its only for those in the Greater Los Angeles area, so you should be eligable.

    I hope this can help you out.

    Brad
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

  7. #22
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    Thanks sooo much Brad!
    I just filled the application. Wish me luck!

  8. #23
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    Good luck to you!

    Its not exactly a surgical place, but it never hurts to try and see, if they can't help you maybe they can point you in the right direction.
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

  9. #24
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    Well, no luck there either. For some reason I didn't qualify.
    Anyways, thanks for your help guys!
    Pilar

  10. #25
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    Sorry to hear that.

    Is there some way to contact them to ask them if they know of somewhere you can get help?
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

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