Friday, October 2, 2009

Migraines and Healthcare Reform

The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) has been working hard to stay on top of what's going on with health care reform legislation. Did you know that currently the Senate Finance legislation will be slowly phasing in the insurance reforms?

Teri Robert wrote a nice article on Migraines and Health Care Reform which explains how this phase in period won't even begin for some groups until 2017 and can take five years from then to be fully implemented. Under this current structure, preexisting conditions and annual and lifetime limits on coverages will not be completely eliminated until 2022. That's 13 years from now!

How can you help?

You can write your Senators telling them what we need from them. There is a letter already written for us which we can send as it, edit at will or just add a little bit to it. The system will automatically send it to your Senators and it only takes minutes. It can be found on the NPAF Website.

I personally don't know what needs to be done with health care, but I know something needs to be changed. When my son when to the ER to get three simple stitches (it was off hours and no where else to go) put into his chin and our out of pocket expense was over a thousand dollars, I knew something needed to be changed. With Migraines, things aren't as clear cut or as simple as with stitches.

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