You’ve been wanting to resolve your vein problems for a long time, dreaming of a summer where you won’t be forced to cover your legs and of enjoying all the activities you love, pain-free. Your dreams, however, are often interrupted by the thought of whether insurance will cover your plans to treat your veins. Here, the Nellestein Vein Institute seeks to answer your questions and set your mind at ease.
Whether your insurance will cover a treatment largely depends on your symptoms and diagnosis. Here are a few guidelines for determining what you’ll pay for, and what insurance will likely cover:
Cosmetic treatments: While it may not feel much like getting a cosmetic treatment to you, some vein conditions are considered cosmetic by insurance companies and will not be covered. If the veins in question are between one and three inches in diameter, it is likely that your insurance company will designate your treatment as cosmetic. These are generally spider and reticular veins.
Medically necessary treatments: Your treatment may be covered by insurance if your diagnostic process shows that you have certain symptoms, and if conservative measures like anti-inflammatories and supportive stockings have failed to provide relief. If your condition impairs your enjoyment of daily life or your ability to do normal activities, it may also support insurance coverage. To reach a diagnosis, specialists at the Nellestein Vein Institute will also conduct an ultrasound. The ultrasound will determine whether you have vein enlargement or vein valve insufficiency, also known as “leakiness” in the valves. It’s also important to evaluate whether you have venous ulcers or bleeding varicosities.
No matter where you are treated, it’s critical that your diagnosis be completed by an ABMS board certified physician and that your ultrasound technician is also a certified registered vascular technician.
Of course, the only way to know for certain whether your insurance company will cover your treatment is to begin the diagnostic process. Make an appointment with the Nellestein Vein Institute to take the first step toward healthy, beautiful veins.