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Changing Plans with MS Diagnosis

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Question: I was laid off - my medical coverage ended on 3/31/2012. I did not elect cobra. I purchased a high deductible, no prescription coverage, bare bones health insurance policy that begain on 6/1/2012. On 6/14 I was diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis. I am a Pennsylvania Resident. I have a meeting with an Attorney to start filing for disability, but this could take a year or more and possible denial. What is my best option to obtain better coverage at this point, so I’m not buried medical expenses?

Answer: You cannot improve your health insurance coverage at this point. On the plus side, you do have coverage and help is coming. Assuming the Affordable Care Act stays in force, you will be able to upgrade your coverage on January 1, 2014. With MS, the big out-of-pocket expense for you will be prescription drugs. Please read this article 7 Ways to Cheaper Drugs.

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