I'm Blue Cross Blue Shield of California and had it done through my PPO. Everything down to the janitor at Stanford is in the the BC/BS network. That's the key deal here is "in network". What a relief it was to find that out. My MRI cost me 300 bucks and that was mostly for the IV stuff. 300 bucks for 1.5 HOURS in the tube is a steal at today's prices. They also have financial assistance if needed.
So far my latest bill from my EOB (Explanation of Benefits) from insurance is showing a bunch of zeros that they negotiated but the payout (so far) for the operation/room etc has been 34k. (actual check that was cut), with my balance on that part being 1,713.00. Not sure about the rest of it, guarantee I will be calling for financial assistance since I'm not working right now.
Every insurance is different though so let Alex work her magic and see what happens!
And congratulations too!
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap