The 24th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held at Manhattanville College in Purchase, Oct. 15, 2017. Over 20,000 walkers were expected to participate with a goal of raising, $1.2 million.
In Rekha Basu’s Oct. 4 column, “Medicaid limits breast cancer recovery,” she quoted an employee of the store I manage, Fittings Unlimited, who gave information that was not accurate. Here are the facts:
1. The sign in the store that is in reference to cash and carry for Medicaid patients is for custom compression products only.
2. We accept two of the private MCO programs for mastectomy and “over the counter ” compression. We accept United and AmeriHealth Caritas.
3. We are getting paid in a timely matter for the mastectomy products and “over the counter” compression products. They don’t pay great, but they pay about as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield.
4. They owe us money for custom compression garments that we did a year ago. They owe me around $5,000. I refuse to go in any deeper than that, so I stopped doing custom compression for any Medicaid program. (We refer them to Nucara.)
We do provide mastectomy service for Medicaid patients. Always have and probably always will as long as we are getting paid and can keep our doors open.
Back before the privatization, we were doing close to $100,000 a year in business with Medicaid.
— Linda Renze, office manager, Fittings Unlimited