medicare w/ suppliers like edgepark vs. individual companies

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patientspiders
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   Posted 2/9/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
So... I got out my edgepark catalog last week and sent away for every free sample I could find.  I am now ovewhelmed.  I have called my home health nurse in a panic.  Bless her heart, she is coming tomorow morning to go over everything with me.  Meanwhile...
 
My questions are thus:
 
I have medicare only.
 
Is there a provider that accepts the medicare amount as payment in full for ostomy supplies? 
 
Edgepark does not.
Edgepark says that medicare will cover 80%, and I will be responsible for the remaining 20% with NO DISCOUNT on pricing.
Are there other Edgepark equivalents that people use?
 
Or...
 
Is it better to order directly from a company that DOES accept medicare as payment in full?  Does anyone know what companies do?
 
So overwhelming.  I know it will get better, but right now I feel like I'm learning a foreign language in fast forward.
 
I am poor.  I  need as much "coverage" as I can get, and if that means going with slightly less desirable pouches for a while, so be it... I just need them from somewhere that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg, like edgepark.
 
Any advice and/or experience on this issue will be most welcome!
Thanks in advance... you guys have been awesome so far.  I thought I was spoiled over at my crohnie board, but you guys rock too! smilewinkgrin
 

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 2/9/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry, I am not sure about Medicare...but if you go to www.UOAA.org you can find some information on most of the suppliers. I do know that there are some that are really cheap, but ONLY if you DON'T use/have insurance. They keep their prices down by not using them!

I am sure someone, who uses it, will be along...hang in there!
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