Reply To: Health Insurance Changes
If you live in California you should read this recent LA Times article about the insurance changes going into effect next month: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-insure-doctor-networks-20130915,0,2814725.story I don’t know if NY insurance companies are up to the same tricks, but probably so.
Medicare Advantage Plans are discussed here in some detail: http://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans/medicare-advantage-plans.html
I have Medicare as my primary carrier and Anthem Blue Cross PPO (ABC) as my secondary (Medicare Advantage Plan) insurance carrier. ABC will pay my medical bills (parts A & B) and receive reimbursement directly from Medicare for the portion covered by Medicare. All my medical bills go to ABC’s claims department, none go directly to Medicare.
I had home IVIG while under Medicare (ABC). Medicare/ABC did not cover all the costs and I had to negotiate with the home health agency to reduce and write-off the several thousand dollars they wanted me to pay. Letters went back and forth for many months before they finally wrote-off my balance. If I had to use home IVIG again, I would make sure they were a “contracted provider” and pre-negotiate the costs, then pick a provider I could afford.
I hope you get the coverage you need.