psoriasis

One Way to Bypass Insurance Denials

In a saga that dates back to before Christmas I still do not have a home phototherapy unit. Sadly, documenting the insurance denials from Western Health Advantage (WHA), made no inroads with them. They denied coverage, my dermatologist and I appealed, and they denied the appeal of the denial. Simple. The next step to procure a home phototherapy unit would need to bypass insurance coverage.

psoriasis, Psoriasis Treatments

Denied! Insurance rejects appeals for Home Phototherapy

I am getting tired and frustrated with my health insurance provider. Really. On December 15, 2017 my dermatologist, Dr. Maverakis, prescribed a home narrowband Uphototherapy unit. This unit, costing about five-thousand dollars, would treat both my psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). But about 100 days later insurance says no. Again.

Living with Psoriasis, psoriasis, Psoriasis Treatments

An Almost Disastrous First Dermatology Visit

I looked forward to my first dermatology appointment at 1:30 p.m. I drove into town around 12:30 to give myself plenty of time. Then it dawned on me. My dermatology appointment was at 11:30 a.m., not 1:30 p.m. Thankfully, the clinic staff showed kindness and allowed me to still see the new dermatologist and get the treatment I sought.

psoriasis

10 Weeks with Tremfya: One Step Back

Two steps forward, and one step back. This old saying aptly describes how I feel about my experience with Tremfya (guselkumab) after ten weeks. Overall I see progress. But during these seventy days I can point to a few setbacks. I see my dermatologist for the last time this week to discuss my situation and say goodbyes.

psoriasis, Psoriasis Treatments

6 Weeks with Tremfya: Redefining Expectations

When I started taking Tremfya (guselkumab), I carried an unstated goal and expectation: clear skin. I looked at the graphs and incredible data on the effectiveness of Tremfya and just figured I could enjoy life with less and less psoriasis over the course of sixteen weeks. At six weeks, some forty-two days later, I’m readjusting my expectations.