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Taking Care: Medical Necessity Program

New program gives notice to members who rely on medical equipment

Launched June 1, our Medical Necessity Program creates a registry of residential locations in our service area where people rely on life-sustaining electrical equipment. When planned outages or service interruptions for nonpayment are scheduled, we provide advance notice so these members can be sure to make necessary preparations.

To qualify for the Medical Necessity Program, the location must house someone diagnosed by a physician with one of the following medical conditions:

Chronic: Diagnosed by a physician as requiring an electric-powered device to prevent the impairment of major life function. Members must reapply once a year.

Chronic, lifelong: Same as chronic, but does not require annual application.

Critical care: Diagnosed by a physician as requiring an electric-powered device to sustain life. Members must reapply once every two years.

Critical care, lifelong: Same as critical care, but does not require biennial application.

Members may request an application by calling 1-888-554-4732, picking up an application in any PEC office or downloading an application at pec.coop/medical.