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C-leg article

January 16, 2006

When I got my C-leg I had to fight my insurance company for six months before they would pay for it. The fight was well worth it, because the C-leg has been so amazing. Part of what I did was compile articles, and testimonies to prove that the C-leg wasn’t deluxe in any way. In that process I had found an article about a man in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was on the 70th floor, and was able to get down because of the C-leg. I couldn’t find the same article, but I found a different one that not only explains the C-leg, but also talks about some new things that may be coming out in future years. Not only in lower limbs, but with hand and arm prosthetics as well. I think it will still be a while before we see anything better than the C-leg, but they are working on it, and that is promising.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2006 9:56 am

    Health insurance companies can be real sh*ts: very happy to take your money for premiums, but don’t even think about making a claim! As a healthcare professional, I have seen how the insurance companies function from the inside, trust me, it’s quite disgusting.

    You did the right thing, disputing their initial decision, most companies have a policy of arbitrarily refusing a certain number of claims every quarter, regardless of their validity. If the the claimant appeals they usually allow it. What the companies realize is that 4 out of every 5 people they refuse payment for will quietly accept their “fate”, thus allowing the company to keep those dollars in their pocket.

    Basically, with most insurances, you need to be ready to go to battle when you go to the doctor…


  2. Jodie permalink
    January 20, 2006 5:14 pm

    I’m so glad I did put up the fight. I actually had appeal several times. Eventually they held a personal meeting where we could explain how this leg was going to help improve my life and they gave in.

    It’s so interesting how so many people don’t dispute things when they are charged wrongly, or refused. It’s so exhausting to constantly feel like your fighting against something that is supposed to be helping.

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