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New Treatment Guidelines
Jun 1, 2001

Thanks for a great site. I appreciate all the information.

Since the recent government revision of the treatment guidelines (no meds unless T's drop below 350 and V/L is above 30,0000) do you anticipate the insurance companies seeing this as a way to save themsleves some bucks by refusing meds to people who don't fall specifically within these new parameters?

I have been in a therapy interuption study, and am concerned that when I restart, my insurance will not cover the meds. I clearly do not fall within the new parameters.

Thanks.

Response from Mr. Berg

While I wouldn't put anything past insurance companies trying to save their bottom line, I don't see this happening. Too much of HIV treatment is based on individual responses. Progression rates don't really follow any strict norms. Guidelines are just that. Even so, there have always been exceptions and savy HIV physicians know how to appeal to insurance companies on a case by case basis to get approval for necessary treatment for their patients.



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