The Battle for Insurance
As horrific as the suffering is for Lyme patients; with physical
pain from syptoms, and emotional pain from the common abandonment from friends and family as years go by
with no improvement, the situation actually get worse.
The financial devastation that can occur for serious cases of Lyme
disease has bankrupted more than a dozen families who try to pay for medical tests not covered by
insurance, and for the necessary antibiotic treatment that should be covered, but is almost always denied
after 21 - 30 days (depending upon insurance company and state).
Most people have no choice but to abandon the treatment proscribed
by their doctor and frequently turn to alternative treatments in ever more desperate attempts for a
Then there are those with enough financial resources to try to
continue IV antibiotics on their own, which can range upwards from $1,000.00/week.
However, there are also a few courageous souls who attempt to take
on their insurance companies, like David and Goliath (if you can imagine David trembling in a wheel chair
with dark glasses shielding his eyes, his face sagging with Bells Palsy, and his speech slurring frequently
with embarrassing pauses as he struggles to remember simple sentences.)
The Lyme Times, a magazine published by the California Lyme
Disease Association (see Links) has put together a cohesive collection of instructional articles, templates
and legal guidelines to help the suffering Lyme disease victims face down the corporate giants with the most
important amunition - facts.
If you go to www.lymetimes.org, you can order the "Insurance Issue" for $10. It is well worth