Insurance Coverage and Savings

COVERED BY INSURANCE FOR QUALIFIED PATIENTS

Health plan providers are very conservative about approving
coverage for a migraine procedure. The types of patients
who typically qualify for insurance coverage usually meet
the following criteria:

  • They can provide medical records showing they have
    been suffering from frequent and severe migraines for
    many years (and have seen at least one specialist)
  • They can provide medical records showing that they have
    tried all non-surgical treatments, and found that each
    treatment either did not reduce their pain or caused
    negative side-effects
  • They can provide a migraine diary detailing the
    frequency of their migraines, potential triggers and
    treatments they tried
  • They can detail how migraines have significantly limited
    their ability to work, maintain a home and perform
    social activities
  • They have undergone a psychological evaluation

If you are serious about undergoing a migraine procedure,
then take the first step by keeping a migraine diary. This will
be helpful in many ways. First and foremost, it will help you
discuss your migraines with your doctor. Secondly, it will
help provide details for your insurance coverage review.

Contact us for a migraine diary template.

A SOLUTION FOR LARGE MIGRAINE COSTS

On average, an individual in the U.S. who suffers from
chronic migraine spends around $1,040 per quarter on
medication, medical visits and ER visits. This totals $4,160
per year and $20,800 over a five-year period.
This estimate does NOT include the cost associated with a
loss of productivity.

A recent study found that people in lower income brackets
are more likely to suffer from migraine headaches. Why
is socioeconomic status such a predictor for chronic
migraines? One reason may be the adverse effect a chronic
migraine can have on an individual’s ability to pursue the
American dream. For example, if you are busy coping with
debilitating pain for 15 days or more a month, you may find
it extremely difficult to advance in a career or concentrate
on studies that can help you earn money.

The cost doesn’t stop there. If you are unable to get or keep
the job you want, you may also suffer from stress, poor
diet, a lack of proper healthcare and the inability to afford
the relaxing vacation you need to recuperate from your
migraines. It is a vicious cycle triggered by migraine pain.

Without question, chronic migraines are expensive and
can threaten your ability to earn more, but their toll often
extends beyond financial costs. They can also hurt your
relationships and your ability to enjoy life.

Chronic migraine is a type of chronic pain. A recent study
that surveyed patients with chronic pain found:

  • 48% experienced depression
  • 42% said pain had affected their relationship with
  • their spouse
  • 18% overdosed on pain medications
  • 10% contemplated suicide

In light of these statistics, it might be time to find a solution
for your chronic migraine pain.