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Health insurers use a number of ways to cut costs for migraine medications. This can mean your health plan will not cover the medication your health care professional prescribed or you will have to show that your migraines have gotten worse before your insurer will agree to pay for the treatment. Luckily, state or federal laws may protect you from these practices.

You can strengthen your personal case for getting insurance cover for your needed migraine medications by adopting some or all of the following: Keep your migraine diary up to date — This contains all your evidence for what helps and what doesn’t. It can be frustrating, which is one reason (apart from getting the best medical care possible) why you need an expert care team on your side. Insurance policies from many companies will cover migraine treatments, but often require prior authorization. This is also called pre-determination or pre-certification. This may be due to a variety of reasons, such as the medications or a treatment being deemed “medically unnecessary”, your migraines starting before.

Individuals who suffer from migraines usually experience symptoms which are often misunderstood and downplayed by the general public. In severe cases, these symptoms can negatively affect daily life, especially when it comes to performing chores or work-related duties. To compound this, select insurance companies (who do provide coverage for migraines) tend to make compensation for migraine treatment more difficult than it should.

If you use prescription medications to treat your migraine attacks you may have had the experience of bringing a prescription to the pharmacy only to be told your insurance plan will not cover it the way the doctor has written it. Some insurance companies will only cover a. Rarely, some alternative or complementary migraine therapies such as biofeedback, acupuncture or herbal medicine might be covered by private plans but not by government options such as Medicare or Medicaid. Providers of Health Insurance.

We understand that insurance benefits can be confusing and unclear to most patients. It is always best to call us for any clarifications or to review your benefits with your carrier. Most insurance carriers will pay for all or part of your visit to the Migraine Relief Center. Anything that is not covered by your insurance will be your responsibility. As the economics facing insurance companies, aka “payers,” have changed significantly, so too has the burden upon doctors treating headache and migraines.

Patients need to prepare for a fight to get a more expensive or off-label treatment that we have today, and more that are coming in 2017. Getting Insurance to Cover Botox Migraine Treatment Botox Migraine Treatment is becoming an increasingly effective means of battling powerful migraines. However, as it is still a relatively new treatment – it was only approved for use with migraines by the Food and Drug Administration as recently as 2010 – some insurance companies might balk at the idea.

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Explain to patients that you are recommending a treatment they can use as needed to reduce the severity of their migraines.

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They are also offered to people who experience six or more migraine headaches per month.

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