Friday, July 4, 2014

Epi- pens and Avi-Q

At 530 on July 3, my wonderful pediatrician called to let me know that he was wrestling with our insurance carrier about AviQ-- 
Why would a patient need both an Epi-pen and an AviQ?
Why would a hearing patient need an AviQ? 
      Why. Why. Why. First the care coordinator. Then the approving doctor. Then the medical director. 
  And I still don't have the meds!
Why Epi and AviQ: because carrying an Avi when exercising, for instance, is easier than an Epi.
Why would a hearing patient...which is exactly the wrong question-- the AviQ speaks so you'd have to hear. 

Are the companies not educating insurers because  they're fighting over patient loyalty?  Are these companies fighting dirty over US. Isn't American business built on Ford over Chevy? And Macy's over Gimbels?  Is their business model getting in the way of our safety? And our quality of life?
  Feels that way. 
I know FARE is working on advocacy-- but let's raise our voices too-- for educating the insurers about why we'd want the choice of different products. 

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