Insurance company cuts off girl allergic to food

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health

I've known kids who were allergic to dairy products. I've known kids with allergies to peanuts, eggs, and a whole host of other things. I seem to be allergic to alcohol. But what if you were allergic to everything? What if the only things you could eat were rice, pears, and a special hypoallergenic formula? That would certainly make life challenging. Still, as long as you got the nutrition you needed and were otherwise healthy, you could deal with it, right?

But what if you couldn't get the special formula you needed? What if your doctor prescribed it and your insurance company wouldn't pay for it? That's the case for three-year-old Hannah Devane. She's allergic to everything. Unfortunately, the formula she needs to stay alive costs $1,200 a month and her insurance company has decided it is a "food supplement" rather than a food replacement.

Hannah has a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis in which a type of white blood cell congregates in the esophagus, damaging the tissue when she eats. "Our daughter has a disorder where she needs the formula to live," said Jessie Devane, Hannah's mom. "There is tissue damage if it is not treated. The treatment is no food. The insurance company won't even listen to Hannah's doctor."

I understand that insurance companies are businesses and that insurance fraud is a huge problem, but sometimes, it sure seems like the insurance companies are loathe to pay anything. In a perfect world, socialized medecine would be the way to go, but in our imperfect world, government run health care would be imperfect also, but one has to wonder if it might not still be a better choice than what we've got.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.