remicade rebate program

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mtgman
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   Posted 8/14/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
is anyone enrolled in the rebate program for remicade?  after 3 months of them losing my information and having to resub it again and again i finally received my "rebate" debit card in the mail...only the letter that came with it says it can only be used at the infusion site/dr office????  huh?
 
how is this a "rebate"??  i already paid about $1,800 out of pocket for my 1st 3 treatments and was expecting the "rebate" to reimburse myself for the money i laid out...but accoring to this letter i can't reimburse myself...isn't that what a "rebate" is -- money paid back to you to cover all or part of the cost of something?
 
This program seems to be very misleading!
 
Anyone have any experience with it?  Can the card really only be used at the Dr. office?  If they hadn't taken 3 months to enroll me maybe i could have used it to pay the hospital for the infusions!
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

jenngrl81
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I use the Remistart rebate program and it's awesome! I never received the "debit card". All you have to do is send in the original EOB (explanation of benefits) that you receive after your infusion, and it breaks all the costs down so the hospital knows how to bill the insurance company. Anyway, you just send that in with your Remistart member number, which i usually just jot down on a Post-it with my name on and stick it to the EOB, then send it to the address listed on your welcome letter. You get the entire amount that you would've had to pay out of pocket for the Remicade. My first check was for $2300! A lifesaver! The check comes in the mail in less than 3 weeks.
Pentasa- 4 g q day; 1/08; Percocet
Remicade 1st infusion 7/24/08
Ultram ER 200mg; omeprazole 40mg; Xanax-ANXIETY; Effexor ER 150 mg
Hope this clears up soon, I want to start having babies!

jenngrl81
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, send them in your last EOB from the infusions you just received. That backdated mine to the beginning of 2010. I enrolled in March I think...
Pentasa- 4 g q day; 1/08; Percocet
Remicade 1st infusion 7/24/08
Ultram ER 200mg; omeprazole 40mg; Xanax-ANXIETY; Effexor ER 150 mg
Hope this clears up soon, I want to start having babies!

mtgman
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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
hey there...i guess now they are using a debit card...i got mine in the mail yesterday loaded with $1,900...but it says i can only use it at the infusion place/dr...i thought it was a rebate/reimbursement...i paid the $1,900 to the hospital and i was under the assumption that the "rebate" would be sent to me to reimburse myself or to use the debit card for everyday expenses (again to offset the money I already spent)...

i might call the billing office at the hospital and ask if they can reverse the charge for the credit card i used to pay and then ask them to charge the debit card. i hope they cooperate!
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 8/16/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
mtgman, I'm not currently on Remicade, but just looked into it when I read your post, since my GI thinks it may be worth trying Remicade again.  Here are the program details:
 
 
It looks like they assume that you can delay paying for the treatments until you've submitted your EOBs and received the debit card...if only it worked that way!  I agree that you should ask the hospital if they can refund your credit card and use the debit card instead.  Let us know if they will let you do that. 
Crohn's Disease with Arthritis, Non-Erosive Reflux Disease, Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Depression/Anxiety 

mtgman
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   Posted 8/16/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
they were actually really cool today. they told me to cut up the card and they are going to send me a check. perfect...although it's going to take another 2 weeks...oh well.
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

firecracker1
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 208
   Posted 8/17/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
tsitodawg- What hospital do you go to? The hospitals in my area, Cleveland, OH, are never willing to setup a payment plan with me. They always want payment in full for any bill under $500.00. You're lucky!
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