Friday, September 3, 2010

Texas DOI

Tanner has been out at his dad's house all week and is going to come home on Sunday.  I've missed him...

We have spent so much time together this past year, it's been a little hard as he's pulled away since we got back home and spends more and more time with his friends. 

Normal behavior, I know, for an 18 year old!

The Texas Department of Insurance called me and said that they are sorry but they aren't going to be able to assist us with Tanner's appeal against US Health and Life. She said that the Texas DOI can't determine "medical fact:" - which means they can't decide if Tanner's treatment was experimental or not.

At this point, it would be up to us to seek legal counsel and go before a judge and let the judge decide.  The Texas DOI and Tanner's doctor here at Cook Children's Oncology Department have given me contact information for the Patient Advocacy Foundation who assists cancer patients locate the help they need when they run into situations like this with their insurance companies.  We've also talked to an independent lawyer (not associated with any of the cancer foundations) who is doing some research on Multiple Myeloma and Tanner's case.

I guess we'll just see where it goes from here.

Tanner is doing okay.  He seems to be really tired no matter how much rest he gets and still doesn't have very much of an appetite.  We head back to Little Rock at the end of the month, so we'll see what Dr. B has to say.

I'm going out to the lake tomorrow with some of my cousins.  With highs in the 80's and lows in the 60's, it promises to be a beautiful weekend!