Most of us know psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are serious autoimmune diseases. Today scientists are working around the clock to discover new treatments for this insidious disease. Many treatments recently released from the FDA are proving to be safe and effective. I personally have been on several. Lucky enough for me I have good insurance.
These new treatments have a huge impact on the quality of life pertaining to the psoriatic patient. These new treatments can rapidly change the rate of inflammation occurring in the body. These new treatments are saving lives.
With so much going on in the world today, it seems our disease has been on the back burner for years. What can we do to change that. Well for one thing you have to join the engine that’s driving us towards a cure. The National Psoriasis Foundation is effectively leading us in that direction. However there are many obstacles in our way. One of which I want to bring to your attention today. It’s called Step Therapy. Dun dant dun dun…
Step Therapy is when your insurance tells your doctor which treatment your allowed. How wrong does that sound. For whatever the reason, and I sure it has to do with Benjamins, your well being is at there mercy. The NPF is fighting this in DC.
Many individuals are affected by this law. It’s up to us to change it. New treatments that are proven to be safe and effective are not being prescribed due to Step Therapy. Or they are prescribed and the claim is denied saying the patient has to try xyz before abc.
So this obstacle has to be eradicated. This is a decision between the doctor and the patient. True these new treatments are demanding a high price tag. That to needs to be addressed. But the main problem is Step Therapy.
Because I’m involved in a very interactive support group Overcoming Psoriasis and our page Psoriasis Campaign for a Cure I hear about these happenings daily. How can I stop this from happening, I’m glad you asked. First join these groups and then join the NPF. Click on the tabs in the menu to contact your local government official. You provide your address the software provides you the letter and address. It’s that simple. Everything is right there at your finger tips.
Part of your healing is helping others. Trust me it’s the way the universe is designed. Just go with it. I know, I know it doesn’t make sense. Well either does a leaf growing on a tree, or a bee pollinating a flower to grow into a fruit, or when a moth experiencing metamorphosis.
We need to support one another and lift each others spirits. I’ve experienced this recently with a friend of mine who said three words to me when I was down, “Your Worth it”. It took a while to sink in. But when it comes right down to it, we have to lift ourselves up, brush off our shoulders and face this disease head on. So I want you to repeat those very words to yourself. Your Worth it, everyday. Motivate yourself to being a better you!
Story written by Todd Bello
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