My physician prescribed a nerve block injection to relieve the pain and allow me to continue traveling for legislative business. But the nerve block injection was denied by my insurance. My physician attempted try and appeal the decision, but it was denied.
I was told over and over by the insurance company that I must go to physical therapy for at least six weeks before the injection coverage would be considered.
After living another week in excruciating pain, I asked the lobbyist representing the insurance company to help. Several days later, I received a call from my insurance carrier that the injection procedure was approved.
I am appalled that I had to leverage my role as an elected official in order to bypass step therapy and receive pain relief. I am angry because people I know will have to live in pain and choose to either suffer in silence or try and self-medicate.
Our health care system is not just broken; it’s wrong. It’s time for our state to start lifting barriers and hurdles that hurt the sick. It’s time to move our health care system beyond empathy into fairness and equity.
We can start by reforming step therapy.
Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) represents District 60 covering southeast Atlanta.