Do you think insurances will eventually cover treatment for Lipoatrophy?
Mar 30, 2010
I saw on another site that Medcare/Medicaid now covers treatment with facial fillers for lipoatrophy and I wondered if you think other insurance providers will soon follow suit?
I would think it would come down to money to them, in that if people do not take treatment due to lipo issues then they get sicker and cost more money in insurance bills. Makes sense to cover cosmetic issues so people do stay on treatment and stay healthy.
Are most of your patients that are having lipo issues on older medicines or are you seeing the same issues with even newer medicines? I would hope you would see less problems with newer patients on newer meds.
Response from Dr. Pierone
Hello and thanks for posting.
I do think that private insurance companies will eventually pay for treatment of HIV facial lipoatrophy. They will not be eager to do so, but coverage by Medicare sets a precedent and opens the door.
Dr. Gary Blick in Connecticut has been actively pushing the private insurance companies in his region and has convinced several of them to pay for this treatment. It will likely require an active approach from doctors and patients to lobby individual insurance companies to include this coverage.
We are seeing less lipoatrophy with contemporary HIV regimens. But we still see it developing, so this problem has not gone away.
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