After much badgering, Pacific Blue Cross has finally approved the portable oxygen concentrator. And even better news is that they are covering more of the cost on the Inogen One Portable Oxygen Concentrator than they were going to for the original concentrator we wanted.
After hearing the news, my next thought was, how soon can we get it? The local oxygen supplier was very short-staffed as snow prevented people getting to work today, but I talked to one of the technicians who was very helpful. He called back a couple hours later to say he’d tracked down the estimate and the approval fax from Blue Cross and had contacted the manufacturer and placed the order. They will be shipping it tomorrow and they estimate it should arrive in 3-4 business days. With a little luck we will have the concentrator before Christmas and our mini shopping trip to Seattle on the 28th.
It also means the bill will be submitted to Blue Cross before the end of December which was very important. January is the start of the new benefits year and each year I have to spend over $1,000 before the coverage changes from 80% to 100% of the eligible amount. And as we’ve spent well over $1,000 (try over $30,000) this year, that means we’re saving approximately 20% by submitting this month.
The difference between the cost of the concentrator and the amount Blue Cross is picking up has been collected through all your donations. So I owe all of you who donated a huge Thank You. We couldn’t have done it without you.