How Fibromyalgia Treatment Is Affected By The Affordable Care Act

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Now that the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect, people with fibromyalgia and other types of conditions that cause chronic fatigue must pay attention to what will happen to their insurance or lack thereof.

As or right now, insurance companies must accept any person regardless of their pre-existing conditions. However, the insurance company is not obligated to cover treatments or any costs related to pre-existing conditions.

Once the year 2014 comes around, this small loophole for insurance companies will be closed. In 2014, insurance companies will be obligated to cover any and all expenses that are related to conditions that their policyholders may have, regardless of the time in which they were diagnosed with them.

Before the Affordable Care Act, many people with sever illnesses and conditions like fibromyalgia had to leave their jobs because of their condition. When they left their job, their employers cut their insurance policy.

With a pre-existing condition and no form of employment, it was very difficult for the persons to find an insurance company that would cover them. These people were virtually uninsurable. This became a huge problem for those individuals who had to miss out on treatments for their conditions due to the fact that they were not able to afford them.

With the Affordable Care Act in place, it will be easier for these inividuals suffering from various conditions, including fibromyalgia, to find insurance coverage and be able to find treatments for their conditions.

Going without treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms can cause the symptoms to worsen. The symptoms of the disorder take an extreme toll on the body and the mind.

While the initial symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread chronic pain, severe headaches and migraines, and extreme fatigue, the ending result of a person that suffers from these symptoms day in and day out is the development of anxiety and severe depression.

Depression typically ensues in fibromyalgia patients because after months of feeling weak and in constant pain the individual may feel as if they are useless to their friends, family members, and employers.

The individual suffering from fibromyalgia may not want to go out do anything that requires them to use their aching muscles and may no longer get the same enjoyment out of the activities they loved to do before they were diagnosed.

Fibromyalgia is a very unique and very sad disease in some cases. People diagnosed with fibromyalgia sometimes give up hope and feel as if there life will never get better because they are always tired and in pain.

A person with fibromyalgia may also suffer from many sleepless nights due to their pain, making the challenge of living with fibromyalgia that much more difficult.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia currently available to patients that suffer from the disorder and some of the treatments administered to patients with severe cases can be rather costly. If a patient is uninsured, they may try to go without treatment altogether.

That is why the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is so significant for these individuals.