• Anyone have to transfer from one health care system to another in the middle of treatment? Im losing my insurance and need to go to county.

    Asked by FreskaSF on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Anyone have to transfer from one health care system to another in the middle of treatment? Im losing my insurance and need to go to county.

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Yep, twice actually. I turned 65 during treatment so went from previous insurance to straight medicare for a month and then my medicare advantage plan which was suppose to kick in in December didn't. So I either had to pay out of pocket for the medicare deductible ands copay or postpone appointments. Finally as of this month, everything was supposedly straightened out and hopefully I don't have to pay out of pocket for the appointments I didn't postpone which were my last 2 herceptin infusions to the tune of about 10 grand a piece.

      over 4 years ago
    • cjnana's Avatar
      cjnana

      I am in the same position. Lost my insurance, moved to a new town, in the middle of treatment and trying to find new doctors. It sucks! I found talking to the cancer center of the hospital I chose was helpful. They can point you in the direction of the local assistance options.

      over 4 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar
      ElizaM

      I had to move in the middle of treatment too and actually benefited a lot from switching my AARP coverage. As opposed to having to pay out of pocket around $700 and more per chemo treatment previously, it dropped to a minimal payment per treatment. I think it depends greatly if you are on Medicare and have to change your supplemental coverage. You just have to read carefully through all your options and pick the one that suits your "new" situation. There is help out there. I am still battling paying all those astronomical fees and suffering from financial ruin from all those unexpected charges. It's doable to find the right coverage. Good luck sorting it out - just not what one needs to have to go through in the middle of treatment, but it's good to ask someone close to you to help you sift through it all.

      over 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      In general, the old hospital will transfer records to your new hospital. Get the new hospital to make the request to avoid fees. Also, you will have to fill out a form to authorize the old hospital to "release" the records to the new hospital.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Oh dear, The hospital I am being treated at accepted my new insurance when I changed plans, so that was not an issue for. I can not imagine how unsettling this must be for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I'm on Medicare disability, when I switched over this past July, the Oncology billing department recommend that I stick with traditional medicare and Gap Plan F it has covered all of my deductibles and co-pays. The advantage plans are good, but considering what 20% of even the negotiated medicare rate can be, I took their advice. Treatment under my old POS (which is what an advantage plan is) cost $40 for each infusion session, $20 copay for a Dr Visit $20-150 for scans and tests - depending on what kind. $150 for the ER. Plan F cost $243 a month -I am coming out ahead, and it's easier to mange, cost my costs are the same month to month.

      over 4 years ago

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