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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:35 am 
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So, I went in for my monthly visit with the doctor and my counselor and the receptionist informs me, "Oh, by the way, as of next month we will no longer be accepting United Healthcare, so your doctor's visits, labs and medication will no longer be covered." Needless to say I was struck speechless with helplessness for a few moments until she handed me a sheet of paper with a small list of health insurers for my state and informed me that the reason for the refusal was an overall good one. You see, United Healthcare has decided to put a one year lifetime cap on all Suboxone treatment which basically means is "If you aren't "all better" in one year, tough shit and you better not screw up later on in your life because you'll have already used up your allotted year with Suboxone treatment," But, she showed me the healthcare insurance companies who do not put that one year lifetime cap on suboxone treatment,(and by then everyone in the small waiting room were really cussing out the ones that do! "It's like they don't understand that addiction is a lifelong disease... an ongoing struggle!" It makes me think of those ads on TV for those resort-like "rehabs" with the actor playing the CEO/founder saying, "I should know; I was an addict for ten years but, now I'm not!" Um, yes, yes you are. But, I digress), and one of those was Community Health Plan of Washington. So, this story actually ends on a positive note; I was able to go onto the website www.providerome.org and click on "client" link and put in my name, social and zip code and a list of health insurance companies with their phone numbers popped up. Remembering what the receptionist, who's very smart about the whole health insurance thing, said regarding which of them does and does not put a cap on chemical dependency treatment and one short phone call later I was informed that my health insurance would be switched over from Wa United Healthcare to Community Health Plan of Wa next month. So, I just wanted to share this news as well as info on United Healthcare and Community Health Plan of Washington for those of you, like me, who are living in the Evergreen State and are in search of healthcare insurance.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:29 am 
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Yea, I agree those caps on length of treatment are ridiculous! hopefully education about addiction will increase and changes will happen, until then, we just have to do our best. I'm glad you were able to get your issue worked out so quickly. That can be a scary situation to be in. Thanks for sharing the info. Btw. ...I too hate that commercial you're talking about. .. what a crock!


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