My daughter was diagnosed with refractory generalized epilepsy by the neurologist she has been going to for 13 years. Last month we were denied a routine checkup and EEG because our insurance changed her doctor to "out of network". They expect my daughter to reestablish care with a new "in network" neurologist. When I appealed they denied it because my daughter is currently in remission. It has been VERY frustrating! I can't wait to get my new insurance plan next month!! Hopefully she can get the appointment she needs with the neurologist who knows her history and who has successfully managed her seizures! The system is BROKEN and harmful and way TOO expensive! Uggh!

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