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Spokane woman feared death when insurance company denied coverage of her lifesaving medication


AN EXCLUSIVE STORY TONIGHT ABOUT A WOMAN'S BATTLE TO GET THE MEDICINE SHE SAYS SHE NEEDS TO STAY ALIVE! ROBERTA WESNER REACHED OUT TO K-X-L-Y4 IN DESPERATION– FEARING SHE WOULD DIE AND NOW SHE SAYS SHE'S BEEN LEFT WITH NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO MOVE OUT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON BECAUSE MEDICARE SAYS SHE DOESN'T QUALIFY FOR A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD TO GET THE DRUG SHE NEEDS TO STAY ALIVE

Roberta Wesner says at I'm afraid that I am going to die, That's really what I'm afraid of 6 IT COMES AFTER A TWO MONTH BATTLE WITH HER INSURANCE COMPANY– A COMPANY WHICH ORIGINALLY TOLD HER THE MEDICATION WAS COVERED UNDER HER PLAN NOW, SHE IS SHARING HER STORY EXCLUSIVELY WITH US AS A WARNING TO OTHERS SENIORS WHO MAY FIND THEMSELVES FIGHTING THIS SAME BATTLE KXLY 4'S CAROLINE FLYNN WORKING FOR YOU WITH A STORY YOU'LL ONLY SEE ON KXLY 4 NEWS

ROBERTA WESNER LIVES IN NORTHWEST SPOKANE– IN THE SEVEN MILE AREA– SHE RELIES ON A MEDICATION FOR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE THAT SHE SAYS SHE WOULD DIE IF SHE DIDN'T TAKE WHEN IT CAME TIME TO SWITCH TO MEDICARE LAST FALL SHE DID EVERYTHING TO MAKE SURE THAT DRUG WAS COVERED UNDER HER NEW PLAN SHE LEARNED THE HARD WAY THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES MAKE MISTAKES AND SHE SAYS THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO HELP YOU WHEN THEY DO THIS IS ROBERTA'S ART ROOM

WHEN SHE RETIRED FROM NURSING LAST YEAR, SHE DREAMED OF GIVING PAINTING LESSONS IN IT RIGHT NOW, THIS IS HER REALITY Roberta Wesner I've been very afraid that my blood pressure would drop so low that I would pass away 5 ROBERTA SUFFERS FROM A CRIPPLING LOW BLOOD PRESSURE CONDITION THAT MAKES GETTING OUT OF BED A CHALLENGE AND THERE'S ONLY ONE DRUG THAT ALLOWS HER TO BE ACTIVE Roberta Wesner Northera is lifesaving for me 2 IN OCTOBER WHEN SHE MADE THE SWITCH FROM PRIVATE INSURANCE TO MEDICARE, NORTHERA COVERAGE WAS PRIORITY NUMBER ONE

SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND FOUND IT WAS COVERED UNDER HUMANA'S MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT SHE, HER HUSBAND AND HER INSURANCE AGENT ALL CALLED THE COMPANY TO CONFIRM AND SHE FELT REASSURED Roberta Wesner We all heard them say 'yes its covered' on this basic plan 4 BUT WHEN SHE WENT TO GET THE PRESCRIPTION FILLED SHE LEARNED OTHERWISE

NORTHERA WAS NOT COVERED AND IF SHE WANTED IT — SHE WAS TOLD SHE'D EITHER HAVE TO SHELL OUT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OR GET HALF THE DOSE THE DOCTOR ORDERED EACH MONTH WHEN SHE TRIED TO GET OUT OF HER NEW PLAN, SHE SAYS THE COMPANY AND MEDICARE WOULDN'T ALLOW A SWITCH UNTIL ANOTHER ENROLLMENT PERIOD Roberta Wesner You don't qualify, they told us You either have to be in a nursing home, a care facility or you have to move

9 SO SHE'S MOVING TO OREGON– AWAY FROM HER HUSBAND AND HOME OF 32 YEARS Roberta Wesner It's really sad that I have to beat the system that way but if that's what it takes to get me out of this situation so I can get my drugs covered, that's what I have to do 12 THIS SITUATION HAS TAUGHT HER A LOT

ESPECIALLY TO NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR HERSELF Roberta Wesner Before I felt hopeless and I was very depressed Now I feel like finally I'll be able to get my medication and I'll be able to get back to my life again 10 ROBERTA WILL BE MOVING IN WITH HER DAUGHTER AND GRANDKIDS AND SHE SAYS IT'S JUST TEMPORARY AND SHE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO IT SHE HAS A NEW GRANDCHILD SHE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO SEE BECAUSE OF HER CONDITION THESE LAST FEW MONTHS

AS FOR THE COMPANY SHE SAYS IS FORCING HER TO TAKE SUCH DESPERATE MEASURES, WHEN WE REACHED OUT TO THEM FOR COMMENT THEY SAID: Protecting our health plan members' privacy is an important priority for Humana, and federal privacy regulations restrict what information Humana can share about individuals and their medical care/plans We always work diligently to resolve our members' issues IN STUDIO CAROLINE FLYNN KXLY 4 NEWS

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Spokane woman feared death when insurance company denied coverage of her lifesaving medication

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