Yesterday I recieved a letter from Aetna.
I assumed it was just an Explantion of Benefits as I get them regularly...but my heart skipped a beat when it stated that the insurance company has made a decison about coverage for Percutaneous Implantation of Neurostimulator Electrodes.
It read: Coverage for this service has been denied for the following circumstances...
(Now I will spare you the two page details, but one part that got me was where it said): "Aetna considers use of cervical spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of members with disc herniation, neck pain, and/or cervicogenic headache. Based on the clinical rationale provided above, coverage is denied as not medically necessary under terms of your benefit plan."
Are you fucking kidding me?!?
Even if I put aside my diagnosis of Basilar-Type Migraine, my diagnosis of fused cervical vertebrae, bulging discs and bone spurs which in turn cause constant cervicogenic headache should be enough.
Seven years of medication, surgery, injections, and other various treatment still was not enough to convince them that my quality of life is diminished and a Neurostimulator may be beneficial. At least allow me the trial implant for crying out loud!
I suppose Aetna would rather another member of society be walking around hopped up on opiates and muscle relaxers.
Way to go insurance companies....you suck!