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Good Afternoon,

I am in a unique situation with regards to insurance.  Do we stay with BCBS of Florida (my husband had worked for a national company) or change to United. We had a horrific experience with BCBS 4 years ago. BCBS initially agreed to pay for our sons residential program to then pull coverage 7 days into his stay. After many weeks of conversation they agreed to pay for the daytime portion of treatment and we had to cover the overnight charges. UGH! It was one hell of a bill but our son did get better. I have spoken with a few of you over the years at NEDA/FEAST and have learned what happened to me has happened to others. 🙁  I am glad to know there are parents out there "fighting" hard to change things in congress for parity. Thank you!!!

Our son is again in a situation where he needs treatment.  We are currently on Cobra with BCBS and my husband is taking a new job where United is offered.  

I am not sure if we should stick with BCBS or change to United. If, I stay with BCBS then I know how to fight them. 

Anyone have any insight with United? or Both? Is United any better?

Hi Botswick Lake Girl,

Is this the United Healthcare you are thinking of changing to? In which case there has already been a lawsuit against them for people illegally denied mental health coverage and it is possible that they will have to change their practices now. You can always get in touch with them and find out what is covered and compare it to Blue Cross Blue Shield and see which one is better suited to your situation.


Good luck! We need a better system, that is for sure.

We should not have to battle with insurance companies when our loved ones have a life threatening illness.