Dr. Flath would like to see me every 2 weeks and has referred us to be seen by a new Perinatologist, Dr. Merrill and our already established Pediatric Cardiologist on January 5th. On the 5th, we will have another ultrasound, echocardiogram and exam with both doctors. By the way, our 3-hour appointment is @ 7 IN THE MORNING... and it takes us an hour to get to there. Yikes. Can we say Big Gulp Diet Coke?
As far as insurance... we are still not in the clear. The plan that I chose when I first applied for the Oregon Health Plan was a Providence plan, as we were planning on delivering in a Providence facility with a Providence Provider. Now that we are transferring all of our care to Legacy Emmanuel, my insurance will only cover the providers- not the delivery. After all of the headaches with OHP, I was hoping we wouldn't face anymore. But it turns out the insurance saga continues. I have feared calling my case worker to inquire on switching to a plan that will cover the hospital, for them to drop my coverage because I have a very high risk and expensive case. After speaking with Dr. Flath's staff, I was told that they cannot legally cancel my coverage. With severity of our situation, OHP should have no reason to deny the switch because it is medically necessary to deliver at Emmanuel. We have no other option.
All in all, the visit was a success and we have 17 more weeks to prepare with this gifted team of physicians for the birth of our baby.