Does anyone have United Health Care for insurance? (in USA, obviously)

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80sChick
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   Posted 9/18/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
 
Thanks to my best bud, Zoe, I got a new job teaching 5th grade! :)
 
Now I'm switching insurance and as of Oct. 1st I'll have United Health Care...I'm really nervous that they won't cover my ostomy supplies. My old insurance, Cigna, covered everything, so I was spoiled.
 
Does anyone have any knowledge about this? I'm really stressing about it; I don't know how I would ever afford my supplies by myself.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/19/2010 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got UHC and it will really depend on the plan itself...your employer determines that!

When I started life with my ostomy every thing was covered but over the years I pay a little more out of pocket. We are small business owners and have had to adjust the deductibles over the years:( but it's still not horrible.

I have found that purchasing items that are not covered by my insurance (Sure Seals for one), through the medical suppliers that don't accept insurance, are much cheaper!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

pswift520
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   Posted 9/19/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has United Healthcare. I was working and Had Anthem. Beacuse I was off work so long with my illness that ended up with me having an ileostomy I lost my insurance. Now my husbands is my primary insurance. So far they have been great. When I had Anthem, what they did not pay United Healthcare paid the rest. I just had to send United Healthcare the papers that showed that I was no longer with Anthem. I just keep telling my hubby that he can't quit work or get fired. I don't know what we would do with out it. I have spent the better part of the last 5 monthes in the hospital so I know my medical expences have been substantial.

80sChick
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   Posted 9/19/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank God you have your husband! Maybe someday that will be me, but in the meantime it's reassuring to hear that United seems to be okay. Thank you guys for replying :)
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

fish1
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   Posted 9/19/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have UHC and my company plan does not cover supplies. I am in the appeals process to get them to cover my supplies now.

80sChick
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   Posted 9/19/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh God, I just had a mini heart attack. How do you get your supplies then? How much does it cost you?
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 
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