Medicare does not advertise what items a woman is rightfully allowed from their Medicare program. Because of this, many women are wearing outdated breast forms and bras, which may impede their recovery and daily comfort.
Centennial, Colorado (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
Navigating the difficult journey of breast cancer can be confusing and intimidating. PP Care Wear, a division of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie, is educating survivors of their rights and benefits under Medicare.
Many women feel alone when diagnosed with breast cancer and do not know where to turn for answers. PPCareWear.com and BreastCancerSurvivorHelp.com are two websites striving to provide strength and confidence to breast cancer survivors by educating them about cancer, treatment and benefits allowed under Medicare.
Alicia Vargo, Founder and CEO of PP Care Wear states, "Medicare does not advertise what items a woman is rightfully allowed from their Medicare program. Because of this many women are wearing outdated breast forms and bras, which may impede their recovery and daily comfort."
A woman is allowed 2 new mastectomy bras every quarter and breast prosthesis / breast form every 2 years (2 prosthesis are allowed for bi-lateral patients). Foam breast forms are allowed every six months. PP Care Wear will file a claim on behalf of the patient, regardless of whether the purchase was made online, in a retail store location or within one of PP Care Wear's hospital locations.
Medicare will reimburse a patient and if there is secondary (supplemental insurance), a patient may be entitled to additional reimbursement. Most major private health care insurances will also cover some garments, according to their health care guidelines. Vargo states, "Pampered Passions Care Wear will even call ahead of time to see what the patient’s benefits are."
Part B covers external breast prostheses (including a post-surgical bra) after a mastectomy. Part A covers surgically implanted breast prostheses after a mastectomy if the surgery takes place in an inpatient setting, and Part B covers the surgery if it takes place in an outpatient setting.
Medicare generally doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery unless it’s needed because of accidental injury or to improve the function of a malformed body part. Medicare covers breast reconstruction if you had a mastectomy because of breast cancer.
About PP Care Wear:
PP Care Wear and PPCareWear.com are owned and operated by Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie, founded in 2000 by Alicia Vargo, recipient of multiple Outstanding Business Woman of the Year awards. In 2010, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie was voted 'Best Lingerie Shop USA' by The Intima Group for outstanding service and selection.
PP Care Wear evolved from Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie as a division to focus on the specialized needs of breast cancer survivors. PP Care Wear has seven professionally certified post mastectomy fitters on staff and offers quality pre and post-surgical garments, including mastectomy bras and camisoles, breast forms and prosthesis as well as compression stockings and lymphedema wear.