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Living with Polyneuropathy CIDP, GBS, & CMT

Home IVIG nurse on Medicare?

My Medicare Part D drug policy is with Cigna. They cover my IVIG 80%. If infusions are done in an infusion center, they’re covered by Part B and your cost is significantly less — or zero.

Awesome and thanks Sandra :pray:

Anne Vonick

I am also close to Medicare age. I can’t take IVIG so I take subQ. Would I have to go to an infusion center for that?

I have been on IVIG for 7 years through medicare and have a plan F medigap policy from USAA and I have yet to pay anything for my infusions. You need t o take a closer look at this. Plan F is expensive as plans go but nowhere near paying 20%.

My Humana Advantage plan pays all but $100/month. Nursing services at home (2 days every 3 weeks) paid 100%

I go to an infusion center. I have Medicare and Plan F through AARP. My monthly premium is around $250 but other than that, I’ve never had to pay a bill (& the IV fluid is about $5000 per time). I get it every 2 weeks so Medicare alone would mean I’d pay $1000 every infusion, or $2-3000/month out of pocket! That’s more than all the money I get every month from SocSec! So this is great for me!

Hi David bry here I’m 61 and I get ssdi I’m eligible for Medicare but am lucky to be on my wife’s insurance but if I wasn’t I would choose a Medicare advantage plan if I wasn’t I get plasmapheresis every 4 weeks it is very expensive the 20% that I would have to pay with regular Medicare would put me in the poor house so maybe look to something like that do your research and good luck

I do my home infusions through my part d insurance (superscript). I have a deductible in January which i pay on monthly, then a little over $8 per infusion. This covers the nurse, supplies, If, etc. So it runs a little over a $100 a month. I did infuse at both the hospital and a clinic at different times but as I have to do a slow drip due to side effects my infusion take a about 6 hours. Infusing at home is well worth it.

SsandraP – it looks like a few of the responders below have found supplemental coverage that pays for home nursing. You may be paying more than you need to.

DocMac – I will look into Humana Advantage! Thanks for the tip.

Herself7 – did you mean “SilverScript” rather than “superscript”? Here’s their website: https://www.silverscript.com/

They have many plans. Which one are you on?

Thanks in advance.

I don’t want to be part of an HMO. Too many friends have horror stories about their HMOs. But I’m glad to read the responses here. I will look further into other plans before I make a final decision by Dec. 7, the closing date. Thanks!

I’m confused. Are you saying that Plan F pays for your IVIG as well as the home nursing? Do you still need Part D for drugs? Does that cover part of your IVIG cost, with Plan F paying the rest?

I was on Medicare (and medigap) for several years before I developed CIDP. When I started infusions I looked into all possible options for covering the home nursing and found nothing. I was told that after the initial enrollment period (the six months after I went on Medicare) ended, I could legally be denied coverage if I tried to change my medigap plan. And in my circumstances, I probably would be denied. A nursing supervisor also warned me not to change my insurance because I could end up with no supplemental insurance at all. I will call my insurer Monday, but I suspect I will be told the same thing I was told three years ago.

Medicare along with plan F pays 100% of my IVIG infusions. I don’t know about at home infusions personally. Part D is not involved due to the expense - all is covered by Medicare and Part F supplemental insurance.

Skiptech, are you saying you infuse ar home or at an infusion center with your Part F?

I infuse at a local hospital. I live in a rural area and home infusions are not available.

I have called every home infusion service in my area, and none of them bill Medicare for nursing services. Part D pays for 80% of the drug, but nursing care is not covered. I called Medicare and was told they pay for intermittent skilled nursing if it’s delivered through a home health service. (Infusion services are not home health agencies.)

Supplemental insurance (I have Plan F) requires that bills go to Medicare first before they are passed on. If the infusion service won’t bill Medicare and get approval of the charge, the supplemental insurance can’t pay.

I would like to know how some of you are getting Medicare to pay for your home nursing services. Are your nurses working for a home health care agency? Help me out here. Where do your nurses come from? I’d like to know how you are getting Medicare coverage for nursing when I’m told I can’t.

Skiptech— But you get your infusions at a hospital. They will be covered by Medicare in full. We’re talking about nursing care for home infusions. I have Plan F supplemental (medigap) insurance, and it pays all the leftover amounts from Medicare Part A and Part B, but it does not cover the 20% I owe for my Gamunex after Part D drug coverage pays 80%. I have to pay that 20% plus the total cost of nursing care.

If I had to pay 20%, I would go where I didn’t have to – an infusion center, no matter how far I had to travel. IVIG is so expensive, one infusion should use up all the yearly part D deductible. In 8 years of infusions at 2 different facilities, I haven’t paid a dime out of pocket.

Skiptech