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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Logic Makes Sense; Or Does It?

What does logic have to do with Government?  Apparently not much when it comes to health insurance for the military and their families according to this article written by Andrew Cohen for The Atlantic.  Equine therapy has made a big improvement in this girl's life, the government agrees there is credible proof this form of treatment works yet they refuse to pay for it because there is no proof the treament works.  Confused?  Read the article.  If nothing else, you will see the value of horse therapy.

2 comments:

Mike said...

Pacingguy,

The therapy should be covered. On the other hand, the cost of the treatment is relatively cheap; totaling $1,327.44 -- from September 2009 until the end of March 2010. Almost seven months of treatment at that rate is about $190 a month and $2300 yearly. If the family can't scrounge up this additional money they should hold some type of local charity event. They could probably raise $2300 in two hours with all the publicity. What is the point of the article? What can the reader do? Who can we call to solve this? Without the article addressing these type of questions it seems rather pointless to write. Everyday we hear about insurance companies denying claims for whatever reasons. The family needs to take legal action to force the insurance to cover the expense and unfortunately I can't in that regard.

Pacingguy said...

Good question. The article is two fold, one is to show what horses are capable of doing and the advantages of hippotherapy, and the other is to show support for the family.

What can the public do? As the article goes into discussing, there is a move in the current defense appropriation bill to mandate military insurance cover treatments like this. Remember, the military is insured by the Defense Department's own insurance plan.