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Area medical company fights for patients after Medicare claims are denied




BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- An medical company that provides equipment and supplies for the disabled is fighting for its patients.

Medicare has denied recent power chair claims made by Med Response, a medical equipment company.

As a result, Medicare is taking back the money the company used to pay for those power chairs--demanding a total of $45,000 from Med Response.

Now, they can't take new Medicare patients, and they can't maintain motorized chairs for those whose cases are in question.

Workers at Med Response say the claims are for patients who genuinely need the chairs due to severe medical conditions, and denying them is unfair.

"Medicare has recouped these thousands of dollars and that's the problem," said Michael Bales, Director of Rehab at Med Response.

"It's a lot of money and no real hope of immediate reimbursement or at least a chance to plead our case that these are not fraudulent claims. These are real people needing real chairs for real-life situations," he affirmed.

Med Response's last step is to get their cases heard by an administrative law judge. They say that won't happen until at least December of 2015.

Until then, they and their patients have to wait.

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