Insurance approves life-saving drug for sister, but not for brother

Insurance approves life-saving drug for sister, but not for brother

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Insurance approves life-saving drug for sister, but not for brother

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 9:54 AM

A man dying due to cystic fibrosis was denied coverage by his insurance company for a $25,000-per-month drug, but his sister was approved.

Kevin Dwyer and his sister, Martha, have the same mutation of CF. Both have United HealthCare as their insurance company. Both have the same doctor who wrote the same letter to United to seek approval. But while the company said the drug was “medically necessary” for Martha, they said it was “not medically necessary” for Kevin.

TODAY’s Jeff Rossen reports
on Kevin’s struggle and why United eventually had a change of heart.

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