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    Insurance question for new wheelchair

    Hi,
    I need a new wheelchair as this one is 7 yrs old. The vendor is telling me I must lay out $3200.00 for a Quickie LS. I have Medicare and United Health is my secondary and I had no out of pocket expenses 7 years ago but I am being told it is different now. The vendor says his risk is Medicare will deny and then he is out the money.Any input ??

    Mike

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    Originally posted by mikek
    Hi,
    I need a new wheelchair as this one is 7 yrs old. The vendor is telling me I must lay out $3200.00 for a Quickie LS. I have Medicare and United Health is my secondary and I had no out of pocket expenses 7 years ago but I am being told it is different now. The vendor says his risk is Medicare will deny and then he is out the money.Any input ??

    Mike
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      #3
      its been my experience-'how little that is' that medicare usually denies the first time.
      maybe this guy's billing dept needs to be more assertive and keep trying.
      if not screw him use somebody who wants you to have a new chair.
      i would think you deserve a chair after 7 years
      doesn't that just piss you off

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        #4
        Do you have a good letter of medical necessity from your SCI physician (written by the PT who fit you for this chair)? Without this, you will probably be denied.

        I would agree that you should look for another vendor too...one who will be your advocate for getting the chair, not try to talk you out of it just by speculating that you won't qualify.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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