petitionBy Dr. Michael J. Cooney

A few weeks ago, I published an update about government and private medical insurance covering Calmare Therapy. Those of us affiliated with Calmare have long argued that the cost of a 10-treatment plan pales in comparison to the astronomical costs of in-patient treatment such as ketamine and surgery for the implantation of spinal cord stimulators (SCS) and continual use of costly prescription drugs such as Neurontin and Lyrica.

Every day, we are encountering more and more groups and individuals who are standing up and speaking out to government and medical insurers about the need for more drug-free treatments to lessen their own chronic pain or their loved ones. Many of these supporters have seen the results of scrambler therapy firsthand (and appreciate that it is also free of side effects).

Just this week, some of our friends on Facebook publicized a petition that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Health calling out that FDA-cleared Calmare alleviates or minimizes pain where other “covered” drugs and treatments have failed .

What can we do as individuals? If you have paid for Calmare treatment and are requesting reimbursement, do not accept a “Denial of Claim” form letter. Appeal. If necessary, appeal again. Alert your elected representatives about your frustration and ‘CC’ this letter to everyone you know.

We have even more strength in numbers. It is imperative that every patient push his/her insurance company to recognize proven alternatives for pain treatment as well as the costs savings of solutions like Calmare. Just this month, one of our patients appealed the denial of her Calmare Therapy claim against United Healthcare, not once but twice. She called me early this morning to say her insurance company has agreed to cover her treatment and reimburse her.