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Good day to all,
I recieved a call from Aprial Healthcare this morning and it left me with a big headache. I use liquid oxygen and was informed that as of the end of this year medicare and insurance will not pay for this any longer. There is legislation from Washington that is the driving force behind this. For all users this is terrible, and I would like to know if anyone knows more information about this.
I do not receive medicare, I have insurance through my employer. I can not afford to partial payments I have to make now, much less try to pay for this myself. Going back to using the tanks is a big step backward and it will limit my independence. To go out for a long afternoon I will have to start traveling with at least 10 tanks in my car. Just to walk around the mall for a few hours requires a tank change which means going out to the car and changing tanks and then back in to the mall. With the liquid oxygen I have the portable container which is carried on my waist and lasts up to 10 hours depending on the setting I use. I am greatful to be able to breathe but why this change in legislation.
Enough of my whining. Any information about this legislation will be helpful.
My father recieved a letter from Medicare stating the same thing-and he, too cannot maintain his health and activity level without liquid oxygen. I have had no luck finding new regulations, and have an "in"- I am a nurse, work with the compromised respiratory population on a daily basis.