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Author Topic: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?  (Read 8521 times)

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Offline ijustdontknow

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might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« on: December 26, 2014, 09:40:00 pm »
I am 26 and off my parents insurance policy as of January 1st 2014.  I currently went to a gastroenterologist because i have been having left abdominal pains and my liver enzymes were elevated AST=68 ALT=170 and now Dr. wants to do a hepatic liver function panel test, i have a follow up appointment for my colonoscopy i had done on Monday (same Dr.) on the 29th , i am wondering about if i get the blood testing that day and i get a hepatitis C diagnosis before i get heath insurance, would that make it harder/ more expensive to get private insurance, should i hold off a couple weeks until i am covered by a insurance plan, or do the testing on the 29th while I'm still covered on parent's policy? I believe i may have hep c because my sister is iv drug user and she left a top of one of her needles on the floor in our house a while back in i got stuck by it, i was worried but tried to forget about it until my elevated liver enzymes came back ab-normal.  Can some one please give me some advice/direction i could sure use some help right now. 
« Last Edit: December 26, 2014, 10:15:14 pm by ijustdontknow »

Offline RiseUp

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Re: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2014, 10:34:13 pm »
Welcome ijustdontknow, Just peruse the forum and you will get some helpful information. I think it is possible to have elevated liver enzymes and not have Hep C.  Good luck at the Doc's
started Harvoni 12/17 (12wks)
dx 1997 1a (3,900,000)
infected early 70's
infergen 1997
interferon & riba 1999 and 2000
liver bio 2/4
started riba feb 4th
undetected vl feb 10th
finished 12wks mar 10
extended to 24 weeks

Offline ijustdontknow

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Re: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2014, 11:36:24 pm »
Thank you, Should i hold off on the blood testing until i have new insurance or should i do it now under my parents insurance and possibly be having to find insurance with a new hepatitis C diagnosis?

Offline ijustdontknow

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Re: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2014, 12:55:16 pm »
Well my liver enzymes are back to normal AST= 28 ALT=23 range but i tested reactive to the Hepatitis C antibody, had second part of the Hep C test done today, I am accepting this i guess, I don't know how else to feel, I was so scared a nervous for a month that I think I've kind of prepared myself for a diagnosis, shitty luck that this all had to show up at the end of my parents insurance coverage, I guess that's how life goes.

(sorry i don't know if i should respond twice in a row, i didn't want to start a new thread)

Offline Mike

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Re: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2014, 01:45:24 pm »
One of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is that insurers are no longer allowed to exclude  or charge a higher premium if you have preexisting conditions (in your case, possibly Hep-C).

The only medical questions you can be asked is your age, sex and if you are a smoker/tobacco user (in which case, you will be pay a premium surcharge for using tobacco).

Hope this helps, Mike
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Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline ijustdontknow

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Re: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014, 02:17:12 pm »
Mike thank you for responding that does help.

Offline Feetfried

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Re: might have hep c, off parents insurance, how do i precede?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2015, 03:57:53 pm »
Obamacare paying hep c treatment. 

 


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