Navigating Insurance and Access Issues

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Key Questions
  • What is nonmedical switching?
  • Why is it important to keep track of migraine-related costs?
  • How do I calculate the financial cost of living with migraine disease?
  • How do I find the right insurance policy?
  • What do I need to do to maximize reimbursements from my insurer?
  • Can I deduct medical expenses from my U.S. tax return?
  • What tools can I use to help manage my migraine-related paperwork?
  • What information do I need for insurance claims?
  • What is a formulary list?
  • What is step therapy?
  • What is the Patient Advocate Foundation?
Interview Notes
Katie Golden

Katie Golden

Patient Advocate, Blogger, and Speaker
Golden Graine and

Katie Golden is a professional patient, writer, and advocate for those living with migraine, headache, and cluster diseases. When she turned 30, her episodic migraine attacks that started in childhood became a chronic, everyday occurrence.  Katie has found purpose in writing about her disease, and found power in the phrase “Never let your pain go to waste.” Katie is the director of patient relations & immediate past steering committee member of CHAMP (Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients), contributing editor of the INvisible Project magazine, migraine advocacy liaison for the U.S. Pain Foundation, and staff writer for

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