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We’re fighting for our kids: Catonsville mother works to expand insurance coverage for pediatric neurological disease

The Baltimore Sun

Cody Boteler

February 2019

Katie Reisner started to notice a pattern: Every time her then-3-year-old son Henry acted strange—he would become aggressive, anxious and start screaming—she would take him to the doctor and he’d test positive for strep throat. Though the family was able to get Henry a diagnosis of PANDAS by a specialist, they have incurred enormous treatment expenses. But even after spending thousands of dollars on treatment for their son, Katie says they’re considered a success story—they caught it early and had good insurance coverage. However, there is no mandate that insurance companies cover the cost of PANS and PANDAS in most of the U.S., which creates financial difficulties for many families that are trying to get treatment for their children. 

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