Igenex tests: Does anybody's insurance cover their costs??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by suexi, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. suexi

    suexi New Member

    When i bought the test kit for Lyme($245.00) from Igenex(in nov) I only HAD straight medi-cal. But i am going to be switching to blue cross medi-cal. So does anyone know if my insurance will cover to get tested by igenex? Maybe not since its still considered medi-cal. And also, are there any other tests that are as reliable as igenex thru the normal way of doing it thru these specialists? If that makes sense.
    thank you
  2. Nimzovich76

    Nimzovich76 New Member

    They charge when you submit the sample but not for sending the kit, unless they have changed the process.

    They won't work with the insurance but they will give you the paperwork so you can submit it yourself, the insurance may pay a portion of it.

    Before you pay $245 I would recommed you get just an ELISA or IFA (not WB) through any respectable lab covered by the insurance. If it comes back positive then go with IGENEX to confirm with the Western Blot. If it comes back negative (the ELISA or IFA) then there is no point, your Western Blot is going to come back negative as well. If that's the case, either you don't have Lyme or there hasn't been enough time since you were infected and your body hasn't make enough antibodies to be detected. You could wait and retest or you can go on a trial of abx if your Dr considers it appropiate.

  3. monicaz49

    monicaz49 New Member

    not true
    i had a neg elisa & positive WB.
    elisa is a poor test 4 long term lyme.
    Get the elisa if your doc will do it.
    if negative go to igenex on your own
    if u have been sick 4 a while u gotta do a wb.
  4. Nimzovich76

    Nimzovich76 New Member

    Yes for "chronic lyme" Elisa may not be as accurate, but if your IFA is negative I don't see the point of a Western Blot. IGENEX claims their IFA test is 100% sensitive.
    [This Message was Edited on 12/13/2006]
  5. suexi

    suexi New Member

    i need to clarify that YES i did pay for the test when i sent the sample to the igenex lab & yes it came out positive, and prior "standard tests" were positve from my past..negative current. But i was just wondering about more tests in the future; like maybe test for co-infections,etc w/igenex.
    Was just wondering if anyone has had their insurance cover any tests w/igenex. i only have blue cross medi-cal so i assume probably NOT.

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