InfoQuest November-December 2008

by Quest Staff on November 1, 2008 - 5:38pm

QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6

Find help when challenging insurance companies for coverage of complex power mobility devices.

To learn more, see “As the Wheel Turns — The Best Offense is a Good DEFENSE.”

Aging & Disability Resource Centers
www.adrc-tae.org
Benefits counselors will examine your case, find out what’s missing from your appeal and provide advocacy services.

Area Agencies on Aging
(800) 677-1116
www.eldercare.gov

Information and Referral Service
Programs connect people with appropriate organizations. Check local phone listings.

National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project
(716) 847-0650
www.nls.org/natmain.htm
Sponsored by Neighborhood Legal Services, the project assists people seeking funding for AT devices through Protection & Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) programs, which provide free help to those denied coverage of AT equipment.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners State Departments of Insurance
(866) 470-6242
www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm
Consumers can file a request for assistance in resolving an insurance problem, as well as file a complaint against an insurance company.

National Disability Rights Network — Protection & Advocacy Systems
(202) 408-9514
www.ndrn.org
Legal representation and advocacy services for people with disabilities.

National Patient Advocate Foundation
(202) 347-8009
www.npaf.org

Patient Advocate Foundation
(800) 532-5274
www.patientadvocate.org

American Bar Association
www.abanet.org
Consumer guide to free legal help (by state), including federally funded and pro bono programs.

LawHelp.org
Find free local legal aid programs.

National Academy of Elder-Law Attorneys
(520) 881-4005
www.naela.org
Searchable state directory for attorneys specializing in disability-related issues.

Neighborhood Legal Services
(716) 847-0650
www.nls.org
Free help for people with disabilities.

Center for Medicare Advocacy
(860) 456-7790
www.medicareadvocacy.org

Medicare Rights Center
(202) 544-5561
www.medicarerights.org

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
(800) 633-4227
www.shiptalk.org
Offers one-on-one counseling and assistance for people with Medicare.

The Ultimate Medicare and Medicaid Resource Page
www.guardianinsurance.com.au/ArticleLibrary/The-Ultimate-Medicare-and-Medicaid-Resource-Page-Insurance-Guide.aspx
A list of websites provided by Guardian Insurance.

To learn more about alternative funding sources, read “Playing the Money Game” and “Funding Freedom."

First Hand Foundation
(816) 201-1569
www.firsthandfoundation.org
Helps families of children with health problems with grants for medical expenses, durable medical equipment, van lifts/ramps, living expenses when traveling for medical care.

State Alternative Financing Loan Programs
(703) 524-6686
http://resna.org/resnaresources/at-act-programs

State Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation
http://askjan.org/cgi-win/TypeQuery.exe?902
(Also check your telephone directory under “state listings.”)

Check with the manufacturers’ funding department.

Amigo Mobility International
(800) 692-6446
www.myamigo.com

Convaid
(888) 266-8243
www.convaid.com

Golden Technologies
(800) 624-6374
www.goldentech.com

Graham-Field
(800) 347-5678
www.grahamfield.com

Invacare
(800) 333-6900
www.invacare.com

Merits Health Products
(800) 963-7487
http://meritshealth.com

MV Power Wheelchairs
(907) 262-9695
www.mvpowerwheelchairs.com

PaceSaver Leisure Lift
(800) 225-0285
www.pacesaver.com

Permobil USA
(800) 736-0925
www.permobilusa.com
Online tool for generating a letter of medical necessity.

Pride Mobility
(800) 800-8586
www.pridemobility.com
Funding resource center located at
www.pridemobility.com/resourcecenter/index.asp.

Ranger All Season
(800) 225-3811
www.rangerallseason.com

Redman Power Chair
(800) 727-6684
www.redmanpowerchair.com

Shoprider
(800) 743-0772
www.shoprider.com

Sunrise Medical
(800) 333-4000
www.sunrisemedical.com

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