Does Blue Cross Blue Shield cover supplies?

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   Posted 6/11/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently started a new job and have health insurance coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Do any of you know if they cover the cost of supplies?

When I was with Aetna, they had a contract with Sterling Medical to pay 100%. I was wondering if BCBS has the same deal with another medical supply company?

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   Posted 6/12/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   


I have "Highmark" BCBS, (I think there are a few slightly different BCBS programs) and they have covered everything 100%, and allowed me to just call the supplier and get extra things I wanted but may not have "needed," like stoma caps, odor drops, etc.

Most BCBS programs are very good--I really hope that they cover you 100%!! :-)

Also, you can call the number on the back of the card (if you got your new card yet) and they can tell you right away.

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   Posted 6/12/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Blue Choice Preferred Plus (whatever that's supposed to mean). It covers 70% of supplies, but I met my $1000 out of pocket months ago so they are paying 100% now. New year starts July 1 for me and they have tripled the out of pocket. I made sure to order yesterday so as not to miss that last 100% pay.

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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
The best thing to do is to call your insurance and ask, although you can't always depend on it. If they take you as contracted, then anything not covered is written off, and you are only responsible for deductible, co pay or co insurance
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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi - I've had BCBS in the past and they were very good all the way around.  The amount they will cover depends on the contract your employer has with them for their employee group plan.  It really doesn't matteer who the insuring company is, but rather what the employer elects as plan coverage, etc.  Hope it works out for you!


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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
We have BCBS Blue Advantage HMO and we have to get a referral, but everything is covered.
Mother of 18 year old son
Ileostomy on April 18, 2008

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   Posted 6/12/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
hey ce ce,
ive been away for a minute, alots been going on with me :o( but hows the job? umm i work for bcbs, and subsequently have them as my insurance. i have ppo coverage, no referals, they cover 80 percent and my deductible was only like 300 and some change. hope that helps :o)
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting has been my Godsend...Thank you

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