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We Made it to 250 Votes for Mission Small Business!

Thank you for your votes in Mission Small Business! We received 250 votes today and are qualified for a chance to win a $250,000 grant from Chase and LivingSocial to help our very small business. Plans for those funds may include ordering larger quantities of bikes and purchasing a Buddy Bike van to hold a 2013 summer promotional tour to organize adaptive cycling rides in the northeast and/or midwest.

Since you were so helpful in voting for us when we needed help, here is some news that may be helpful for you in seeking funding to purchase a Buddy Bike! If you already have a Buddy Bike, please share this information with other families who could benefit from it. Thank you!

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF)
UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF)  is accepting grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for child's health care not covered by commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 toward medical services & equipment such as PT, OT & speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses & hearing aids.

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation PSAs 


NAA Helping Hand Financial Aid for Autism Families
Could this be another way to fund a Buddy Bike? Today National Autism Association announced that they are accepting applications through JULY 31, 2012 for their Helping Hand program which which provides grant funding for medical treatment, supplements and therapies not covered by insurance. Funding for this program is limited, and will be awarded to only families who are in dire need of financial assistance. Click for grant guidelines, details and the Helping Hand application form.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Covers Buddy Bike - Update
Here is an update regarding the recent insurance coverage of a Buddy Bike. Per a representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield, to apply for coverage, insureds should submit a "medical necessity form" and a doctor prescription for the Buddy Bike as DME (durable medical equipment). Buddy Bike is not a Medicare Provider yet so there is no billing code. Insureds would pay for the Buddy Bike themselves and wait for reimbursement. It has been approximately one month since the procedure began and the customer has not received the reimbursement yet; so we don't know how much they are covering. I will let you know when we learn more. 


Happy Cycling!


Shelley Patterson
Buddy Bike, LLC
786.489.BIKE (2453)

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