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Resources for Un-insured: Ostomy Supplies

I was in a conversation recently with a new Facebook friend, Donna, which made we think it was time to revisit the top of resources of the un-insured or under-insured. She shared with me that she was able to get ostomy resources from Banner Home Care.
 
She called Banner Home Care and asked them if there was anyway they could bill her for the supplies. The gal she talked to said that wasn’t a problem. Then she said she’d send an application for financial assistance and faxed it to her. Donna filled it out and faxed it back and in the meantime my supplies arrived. A few days later she received a letter in the mail saying that she qualified for 100% financial assistance and would be getting all of my supplies for free. She had to let them know when and if her insurance situation changes, but for now, she can get supplies free for an entire year.
 
Suggestions for contacting Banner Health: As for the financial form, the patient would have to ask for one from their specific Banner Home Care/Banner Hospice located where they are. At the bottom of the web page there is a ‘Contact Banner’ link. There are different contact numbers for all of the different states Banner Health covers. If someone is in Phoenix, AZ is looking for what Donna discovered, the telephone number in Gilbert, AZ is: 480-657-1000. She suggests that you (the patient) tell whomever is answering the phone exactly what your situation is, whether you are uninsured or underinsured and are needing ostomy supplies and would like to apply for financial assistance. She also said the employees seemed genuinely caring and concerned and will do everything in their power to help a person out as best they can. 
 
I also recently received an update from my friends at non-profit organization, The Wholeness House/Osto Group Ladies  “I just want to thank you for all the donations that are coming to us by way of your outreach.  We have increased tremendously in shipments and I know God is using you to assist us in this fashion.~Marian”
 
Osto Group
Mission:
To meet the needs of those who have fallen on hard times by providing them with quality supplies and the necessities for living. In the course of accomplishing this task, we will never diminish the value of a person or the potential that they hold. No one will ever be turned away!
877-678-6690

 A HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT FOR OSTOMY PATIENTS’ NATIONWIDE
Often treatment of colorectal cancer will warrant a temporary or permanent colostomy/ileostomy (an ostomy is a surgical opening to the intestines) which requires a wide range of medical supplies. Ostomy supplies are not a choice; you can’t live without them and the monthly expenses are in the hundreds. With the difficult state of the economy and many people facing job loss and lack of insurance it makes me wonder how ostomy patients are purchasing their supplies. Thanks to this wonderful group of women running the ‘Osto Group’ a non-profit organization that offers ostomy supplies to patients nationwide for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. One person shared, “When we lost insurance coverage, we felt we were lost. Also, there isn’t an extra $200/mo. in our budget. I haven’t been able to find any meaningful employment for more than 12 months. These unfortunate ones actually use common household supplies and tape in place of ostomy supplies! That sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well this is reality for some”. (Summarized from a testimonial letter written to Osto Group).

HOW CAN YOU HELP THE OSTO GROUP? 
1.PRAYER: First we ask for your prayers for the Osto Group so that they can continue to provide this needed support to ostomates  in the United States who do not have insurance or have insufficient insurance which does not cover their ostomy supplies
 
2. OSTOMY DONATIONS: Osto Group, 15070 Corporate Rd. N, Jupiter, FL 33478
The following items are what Osto Group is looking for in the way of donated material:
  • Hollister Products – Wafers and Pouches – Skin barriers, cleansers and wipes, M – 9.
  • Convatec Products – Wafers and Pouches – Please label with Manufacturers part number if they are out of their box if you can. Skin barriers, Eakin Seals and Stoma Paste.
  • Coloplast Products – Wafers and Pouches – Urostomy Pouches.
  • Nu Hope or any brand of ostomy product, tail closures, sponges, wipes, scissors, bandages, as long as these are packaged intact and in good condition.

    3. FINANCIAL DONATIONS: $5, $10 and up no donation is too small! 
    Osto Group, corporate office 4521 PGA Blvd #228, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3997. Questions Call The Osto Group: 877-678-6690. Since the Osto Group is a 501(c)(3) organization they will provide a receipt for each donation for tax purposes.
     
4. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THE OSTO GROUP (http://www.ostogroup.org/ 877-678-6690). 
 
Thank you for all of your continued support!
 

With love and God’s Blessings,

Dee Dee

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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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WHY, I started My blog sharing My Cancer Survivor Story to Inspire & Help Others

We can live an abundant life despite our limitations
Colon Cancer Survivor’s Journey

I’m a Colorectal Cancer Survivor and blogger.

I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer almost 24 years ago and at that time I couldn’t find help. Now I’m using my survivor story to advocate for Early Testing and to help others.

 

WHY, I started my blog sharing my healthy story for two reasons:

First, To come alongside other cancer survivors and family members as an outreach to be there for those going through cancer treatment and after care. Please visit and share (http://chatwithdeedee.wordpress.com/about/)  my blog with others who may have colorectal cancer or similar.

Second, To bring awareness and advocate for testing and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. By sharing my health story and life lessons I hope others will be compelled to take action. 

MISSION, A key part of my mission as an advocate is to share resources I discover especially for colorectal cancer survivors and other digestive diseases (IBD, Crohn’s Disease), those with neuropathy, lymphedema and other cancer survivors and families.

 Featured Resource March 2011, I’m currently highlighting a group offering a HAND UP to ostomates that have no insurance or are under insured. I discovered the Osto Group, a non-profit organization helping people who experience financial strains to continue to order their medical supplies. One person shared, “When we lost insurance coverage, we felt we were lost. Also, there isn’t an extra $200/mo. in our budget. I haven’t been able to find any meaningful employment for more than 12 months.” These unfortunate ones actually use common household supplies and tape in place of ostomy supplies!  That sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well this is reality for some. (summarized from a testimonial letter written to Osto Group). 

The women running this group are so dedicated to helping others in need. They have been serving patients Nationwide in the ostomate community since May, 2008; providing ostomy supplies to for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get better acquainted by speaking with three wonderful women that run this non-profit group. They’ve shared with us that while they’ve never advertised or self-promoted, never have they been at a loss for donations or patient’s in need. I was so touched by their efforts that I am compelled to share, and hopefully spread more awareness about all that their doing to help others. 

Donations from the kindness and generosity of people like you!

Featured Resource March 2011, The women running this group are so dedicated to helping others in need. They have been serving patients Nationwide in the ostomate community since May, 2008; providing ostomy supplies to for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get better acquainted by speaking with three wonderful women that run this non-profit group. They’ve shared with us that while they’ve never advertised or self-promoted, never have they been at a loss for donations or patient’s in need. I was so touched by their efforts that I am compelled to share, and hopefully spread more awareness about all that their doing to help others. 


Financial Donations
:
YES! I would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help Osto Group bring ostomy medical  supplies to uninsured Nationwide. 

__ $5  __ $10 __ $25  __ $50 __ $100  __ Other amount: $______

You may make checks payable to Osto Group, 4521 PGA Blvd #228, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3997 P: 877-678-6690. Since the Osto Group is a 501(c)(3) organization they will provide a receipt for each donation for tax purposes. 

 _ I prefer to donate Ostomy Medical supplies. Please call me at this number CALL 877-678-6690  or MAIL OSTOMY SUPPLY DONATIONS TO: Osto Group, 15070 Corporate Rd. N., Jupiter, FL 33478.  

Prayer, we ask that you lift this group up in your prayers so they can continue to bless others.

 

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