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medicare coverage for melanoma care

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    Vermont_Donna
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      Hi,

      Hi,

      I had to quit work last month and decided to pay for ongoing private health insurance through COBRA at the cost of $654 a month for me and my two kids in college. We have a $10,000 family deductible. I also have medicare, part A and part B. I have learned that if I let the private insurance go I can still sign up for part D even though the open enrollment period has ended. My question is this: Will medicare cover all the neccessary medical care I need for melanoma, that I am used to having? Ie PET/CT scans when the doctor requests them (I have had frequent given my history), and I am in the middle of the IPI trial (the drug is covered by BMS, the pharmaceutical company). What if I end up having to do bio chemo? What about other treatments, or second opinions (they are still talking leg amputation). What about leg amputation?? I called my medical center financial office and they said to call the "estimate line" and tell them what procedures I specifically wanted to know, they would then give me the procedure code and I could then call medicare and ask them the specific procedure code. Ok I am doing that. But I dont know ALL the procedure codes to ask, or what I would maybe need??

       

      I would like to hear from people who have only had medicare and what their experiences have been or anyone who knows about this such stuff!!!

      Thanks!!!

      Vermont_Donna

      stage 3a

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        Allen C
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          Hello Vermont Donna.   I am Allen C  in Miami FL. I have been stage IV since 1999 and have been covered by medicare since that time and have had only one problem with my insurance. If you would like to I can call you at your convience and tell you all aout it.  Send me your e-mail address and we can go from there. Have had numerous CAT's, PET's, CHemo and also Cyberknife treatments.  I am currently since November NED but have been through it all

          SIncerely Allen

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          Allen C
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            Hello Vermont Donna.   I am Allen C  in Miami FL. I have been stage IV since 1999 and have been covered by medicare since that time and have had only one problem with my insurance. If you would like to I can call you at your convience and tell you all aout it.  Send me your e-mail address and we can go from there. Have had numerous CAT's, PET's, CHemo and also Cyberknife treatments.  I am currently since November NED but have been through it all

            SIncerely Allen

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