Despite Lyme insurance law, some MA patients can’t get coverage
In 2016, Massachusetts passed a law mandating insurance coverage for long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease.
According to Boston 25 News reporter Ted Daniel, some patients are being denied that kind of coverage.
The Massachusetts Office of Patient Protection says since the law took effect, there have been three state-level external appeals for denials of long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease.
All were with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
The insurance company says they’re just following the rules, but the people who wrote the law say they’re not.
As one interviewee put it, “”Unfortunately, Blue Cross is pretending the law didn’t pass in Massachusetts.”
The following report aired on October 9, 2019: