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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Red Blooded Irish Needed

I just returned from Giving blood with the intent of using it for Patrick O'Connor's surgery tomorrow, but they don't do that any more. Now when you donate blood you can get a voucher to be given to someone who needs blood, but whose insurance will not cover the Blood Service Fees. The donor has up to 120 days to assign the voucher, as I understand it, and I know Patrick will need blood from his surgery and insurance will not cover that. Thanks to all in advance Pete Little ---- Blood Usage Reimbursement Vouchers As part of the Commit for Life program, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce a new benefit available to all donors. Beginning Jan. 1, 2006, every donor may receive one Blood Usage Reimbursement voucher for each donation. Vouchers provide a $20 reimbursement for blood service fees paid directly to a recipient after a claim is filed and may be used for any patient in need that meets the criteria. They are valid for 120 days from the date of blood donation, offering flexibility in assigning the voucher. Vouchers may be assigned via Digital Donor or by calling the Blood Usage Reimbursement hotline before the expiration date of the voucher. Annual (calendar year) limit on vouchers paid per recipient is $1,000 or 50 vouchers. The reimbursable expenses only include service fees for blood and blood components. Patients with insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or another third party payer are not eligible for vouchers unless the insurance policy specifically excludes blood and blood components. A patient's co-pay or deductible is not covered under this benefit. Reimbursement is paid directly to the recipient and may be used for treatment at any healthcare facility. While the fully insured do not receive a financial benefit from Blood Usage Reimbursement, they can help those in our communities who are most in need. We all benefit when donors Commit for Life because it means there is blood on the shelf when we, or our loved ones, are in need. For a Blood Usage Reimbursement discussion guide, or for additional information, please call Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's Blood Usage Reimbursement hotline at (713) 791-6339, e-mail or click here for additional details on our Web site.
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