Medicare Paid for my Rituxan

    • Anonymous
      November 13, 2007 at 3:21 pm

      After a year of appeals by my oncologist, Medicare has backed up and retro actively paid for my Rituxan. The Dr. cited some case trials where Rituxan is helpful for CIDP. This is a first as far as I know, and thought you all would like to know it is now an option for those of you with Medicare. I do not see how they can approve me and not everyone else.

      If you do not have insurance and make less than 80k a year there is a SPOC program that pays for your Rituxan.

      Hope this information is useful to someone.


    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2007 at 5:16 pm

      I have a medicare question. I just qualified for next year but am lucky enough to still be covered by Blue Shield of Illinois through my Company for another year as well. What is better to drop my insurance and go on to Medicare now or wait a year? Any suggestions?



    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2007 at 9:01 am

      I vote to keep your Blue Cross. We have Blue Cross & it’s been wonderful. We haven’t had any problems. As long as you have it, I’d use it!


    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2007 at 11:54 am

      Agreed, if you can afford to keep it I would do so. I was actually hoping medicare would not approve rituxan for me, the cost just went way up for me. I will have to see if they want me to pay 20%, and if so I will quit taking it.

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm

      Thank’s guys,
      Just what I needed to hear. I kinda knew that but my brain is always fuzzy. My husband always gets mad too and said “I told you that was right” but I said I just wanted to check with the “EXPERTS” on the forum who are actually living it now. Doesn’t that make sense?

      It’s great having 2nd,3rd and 4th opinions!!