Oxygen tanks, electric scooters, sleep apnea machines and other devices often prescribed for the elderly will become less expensive in Atlanta as of today under a new Medicare program. But opponents claim the plan will prove burdensome for seniors and devastating for small businesses.
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How Medicare changes effect you and businesses?
Q. What areas are included?
A. Most large metropolitan areas of the country are included. In Georgia, the latest phase of the roll-out will cover metro Atlanta, metro Augusta and the portions of Georgia included in the metro Chattanooga area.
Q. Are all Medicare plans included?
A. The new competitive bidding program applies only to Original Medicare. If you are on a Medicare Advantage Plan, your plan will let you know whether your supplier is changing.
Q. If I already have a supplier, do I have to change?
A. If you are already renting certain equipment on a monthly basis when the new program starts, you may be able to stay with that supplier for a limited time.
Q. What kinds of items are included?
A. Oxygen, oxygen equipment and supplies, mail-order diabetic supplies, wheelchairs, scooters, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, respiratory assist devices (RADs), hospital beds, walkers, negative pressure wound therapy pumps, tube feeding equipment and a host of supplies related to medical equipment.
» Find more information on Medicare’s website.