Medcaid And Battery Replacement


1 2 >
 
Posted by TerinH1982 (4 posts)
Nov 23, 2015 1:24 AM

My Name is Terin ive had my spinalcord stimulator for four in a half years and im needing the internal battery replaced because not holding a charge and some other problems with it too and i just found out that Montana Medcaid does not cover this brand of spinalcord stimulator and needing avdice on what to do cause right now with them not covering it is my only option is to have it totally removed but that only if the doctor that inplanted it in will remove it ,. and the company can help with the cost but i dont know if that a one time thing or not and right now since ive found this out im to the point i want it out and then later on find someone that has a brand that montana medcaid does cover. This is so stupid they try to jeperdize you from anything that you need anymore weather you need hearing aids or something like this .

reply
Posted by ggerbrandt (142 posts)
Nov 23, 2015 1:50 AM

What...who makes your stim? Contact customer service. If BSC, I have found them to very customer service oriented.

reply
Posted by TerinH1982 (4 posts)
Nov 26, 2015 1:12 PM

MY spinalcord stimulator i have is by boston scientific and i just found out that they didnt renew their contract with montana medcaid and also i called their support that help with repalcing like the remote and the battery charger and the hardship program they have only help with the cost of replacing those and not the internal battery so im not sure what im going to do if my insurance doesnt cover for it either that the next thing ive got to find out

reply
Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Nov 27, 2015 10:26 PM

I would check to see if there is a warranty on the battery, and if it fails before the end of the warranty ,what will BSC cover? Also does your pain doctor have any thoughts? I have never tried it, but how about a Go Fund Me page? If you are getting relief I would hate for you to return to your pre-SCS pain levels.

reply
Posted by TerinH1982 (4 posts)
Nov 30, 2015 1:45 AM

I just found out that medcaid and medicare does not cover for this to be replaced of the battery and they had me call boston scientific patinet care to see that if they would help cover for this and they dont they only help with covering the remote or the charger that charges the internal battery of the stimulator this is so messed up they covered for the trial of this and the impalntinng the device in the spine but they will not cover on replacing the battery for it to work properly . i dont know what im going to do now other then probably having the dvice removed now and that upsets me cause my legs and hips are so bad and i just recently got diagnosed with RA in both feet and this would have helped the pain if i could have had the battery replaced .

reply
Posted by ggerbrandt (142 posts)
Nov 30, 2015 2:12 AM

You might consider setting up a GO FUND ME web page. I am quite certain several on here would donate.

reply
Posted by TerinH1982 (4 posts)
Dec 03, 2015 2:05 PM

I got the best phone call today from my pain doctor office that they finally got my insurance to Cover for the cost to have my pain Stimulator battery replaced and then they are going to move it to my left side cause where its placed at on my right side im having charging issues of not being able to get it to charge all the way and when i do get it charged i can only get it to two bars and as of right now on charging it in order for it to get it to three bars charged all the way it takes me a week to charge it to three bars .... Has anyone had problems like this on getting the internal battery charged all the way???

reply
Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Dec 04, 2015 11:34 PM

Terin,
That is such excellent news; hope the surgery will be soon.
regarding charging, hopefully this will be resolved with new battery. I actually routinely charge mine twice: one full charge in the morning, then the next day for a few hours to top it off. I have an older model (almost 9 years old) and through trial and error I found this works well for me
Any indication when you will get your new battery?
flygal

reply
Posted by ggerbrandt (142 posts)
Dec 04, 2015 12:32 AM

Great news!

reply
Posted by jinglepaws (220 posts)
Dec 11, 2015 6:11 AM

This thread worries me. For now, I am doing fine and don't need to replace the internal battery yet but the fact that Medicare won't cover it alarms me. Medicare is a Federal Government program so does this mean it's not covered period, no matter where you live? If this is true, I'm in big trouble down the road. I can't live without my SCS. OMG!

reply

1 2 >
 

 

 

About

Mike Roman

Michael Roman will always be lovingly remembered for inspiring so many who suffer from chronic pain. He toured the country sharing about his battle against chronic pain — urging others to never give up. Through determination and a positive outlook, Michael lived his life to the fullest, while also giving hope and strength to countless people who faced seemingly insurmountable situations. Michael will be missed, but his positive influence lives on.

At Race Against Pain, our mission is to bring help, hope, and heroes into your life — so you and your loved ones can win your race against the debilitating effects of severe chronic pain.

We're here to help you get back to living your life, and to help you achieve your dreams — whatever those dreams may be.

Everyone has his or her own race against pain. For most, it's a race to find answers, information, people to talk to, and heroes who can help — and to get back what pain has stolen.

 

Who We Are

We are a leading innovator of medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world.

Our products and technologies are used to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women's health, and chronic pain conditions.

Sara W.

Absolutely amazing. After getting the trial, the first thing we did was take a walk...

Sara W., Chronic Pain

 
 
Sara W.

I can do a lot of things, like tend to my orchids, go to the gym, and go dancing...

Dick B., Low Back Pain

 
Get Help

FIND HELP

Do you hold yourself back from doing things you want to do because of the pain you're experiencing? Get back to living your life.

» Find a Pain Management Specialist