If you want to live better despite your breathing problems, PR may be a good choice for you. To explore or enroll in a PR program, follow these steps:
- Find a program
First, search to find a program near you. If there is a program in your vicinity, contact the program directly to discuss what you need to do to enroll and what your anticipated out of pocket costs will be. If you obtain your healthcare from the VA, you should look into program availability there, which would be covered through your VA benefits. VA will typically NOT cover an outside program.
Seek a referral
Second, all PR programs will require a referral from your healthcare provider. Let your healthcare provider know you would like to participate in PR and partner with them to work through the referral process.
Discuss the program details with your healthcare team
Before you enroll in a PR program, ask the staff who does your initial evaluation what your out of pocket costs will be, including any extras, such as transportation or parking.
Connect with your insurance provider
Contact your insurance provider to understand your coverage. Coverage varies between different programs and insurance policies. Therefore, out of pocket costs and co-pays can vary greatly. Before you enroll in a PR program, ask the staff to help you determine what your out of pocket costs will be, including any extras, such as transportation or parking.
You do not have to wait for your healthcare provider to bring up PR as a care option. Be an advocate for yourself and ask at your next appointment.
The process outlined in this section is exclusively for people living in the United States. Individuals from outside the U.S. should check with their local or regional health providers and health authorities about program availability and the referral processes in their area.