Health insurance made me jump through hoops to get the treatment I need. It cost me my job.

I jumped through the required hoops, took medication the insurance company required instead of what my rheumatologist recommended, and my condition worsened. I was heartbroken and it was preventable.

Louisville Courier Journal

My husband recently got a new job. Congratulations, right? Not when you have chronic illness. A new job means a new medical insurance plan and I have psoriatic arthritis, a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease. What should have been an exciting time of new beginnings for our family was instead fraught with worry. Medication I’ve been taking to control my disease for the past 14 years required prior authorization and our new insurance company denied my prescription. My rheumatologist started the appeals process. Meanwhile, my medication ran out and I anxiously waited.

What happened to me is not an anomaly. Patients across the country are left waiting and wondering while their physicians fight for access to treatment plans they’ve prescribed. A new bill sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser of Northern Kentucky aims to reform the prior authorization process for the commonwealth with House Bill 317.

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