By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock company helps people nationwide adjust to changes in Medicare benefits in 9 metropolitan areas. As of the new year, Medicare will limit the number of companies that can provide medical equipment to beneficiaries, such as oxygen, or wheelchairs in the nine MSA's including Dallas/Fort Worth. The companies are chosen by a competitive bidding process.
In a written statement, the MED Group of Lubbock says, "This program does not affect any patients who are on a Medicare Advantage Plan or traditional insurance."
The MED Group also says, "Medicare beneficiaries currently receiving medical equipment from a local company may be able in certain situations to continue to receive the equipment from their present company."
The MED Group created a web site to help. The website lets you search for suppliers by zip code and provides a forum to answer questions. It's called medicaresuppliersnetwork.com (CLICK HERE) to see it.
Although the company providing the website is from Lubbock, Medicare's bidding process does not include the Lubbock area at this time.
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