Varicose veins must meet guidelines for medical necessity


This is the usual language that insurance companies use to determine coverage for treatment of varicose veins. What does it mean? We answer a host of criteria in order to determine if your varicose veins will be covered. I’ve listed some (not all) of the top reasons insurance companies will help you cover the cost of treatment.

If your veins ache or hurt, if you need to elevate your legs to relieve the pressure, if they feel heavy then these are typical symptoms of varicose veins. This is one of the criteria used to determine coverage from insurance companies.

Some insurance companies will require that you wear compression stockings for a certain amount of time as a conservative treatment before they will cover the cost of treatment. Medical grade compression stockings will help alleviate the pain and discomfort you feel from varicose veins. Hey, I didn’t say they would be fun to wear, but they do help.

And what if your veins don’t hurt but are bulging and you don’t like the look? This is when an ultrasound will diagnose the reason the veins are bulging. The ultrasound will provide solid proof of medical necessity, if the vein is or isn’t working. Not all varicose veins are painful, but yours may be covered by your insurance. Most varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue.

Find a clinic that specializes in varicose vein treatments and see if they will do a free screening of your veins. We do, if you are in Northern Colorado, call us. 970-267-2661

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