My children have [a health plan] which required prior authorizations excessively and has resulted in my children going without needed medication which they had a history of taking previously. My 15-yr-old then spent 48 days inpatient between 4 hospitals due to a serious neurological condition. On two occasions, he was denied medication prescribed by his specialists. I could not afford to pay out of pocket so he went without needed medication. I don’t think my son’s medical specialists should be second guessed and overridden by an insurance company.

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