Be sure to complain to your congresscritters if this policy harms you.
Congress generally works for the benefit of those who pay them the biggest bribes, but if they get enough complaints from the voters, they sometimes listen.
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
Straight medicare is scary. If a person goes into the hospital, the deductible is around $1000 EACH TIME they are admitted to the hospital UNLESS, within 6 months of the admission, they are admitted again for the SAME condition (that means exactly the same condition).
I pay the medicare premium but do NOT use medicare. I am not eligible for supplemental medical insurance so I have a medicare replacement insurance policy (with an additional premium) and so far, it has been a great policy. I have NO deductibles unless I go out of network. I have NO copays unless I go to an Urgent Care rather than my doctor (in my opinion, I can wait until my doctor's office is open if it is a cold, flu or something minor or go to the ER if it is urgent and cannot wait for an appt. with my doctor) or to the ER and the deductible is small and waived if I am admitted.
Urgent care cannot deal with broken bones, etc. and mostly deal with flu, colds, and things that do not require the interpretation of x-rays, ultrasounds, etc. DON'T go to urgent care for heart attacks or serious injury or illness b/c they will just call an ambulance to transport you to the hospital and you end up with an added expense and precious time wasted in a life threatening situation.
That being said, that is so sad you had a $30 co-pay for a cushion. I would check with your insurance company about that and make sure that the DME/supplier wasn't charging your insurance company for the mask instead of the cushion.
I am glad you found a reliable supplier that will provide your life saving supplies without costing you a fortune and adding stress to your life. That is worth a million right there!!
I received a letter from Medicare back before 01 July.
Medicare asked for competitive bids from DME suppliers. Some of them just did not make the cut.
My sleep apnea DME is on the list of providers.
Fortunately, I have a Medigap supplement from my former employer that covers those pesky 20% co-pays.
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