This is a reposting of an older blog I wrote. I thought it was a good time to share again in light of a recent question I received from a blog reader.
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.
Thank you for all of your continued support!
With love and God’s Blessings,