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Medical Baseline Allowance

 

Get Help with Medical Equipment

If you or someone in your household requires powered medical equipment, you may be eligible for Medical Baseline financial assistance. This program provides an additional 16.5 kWh per day to your normal baseline allocation.

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The Application Process

 

1. Find out if you qualify.

To be eligible, you or someone who lives with you full-time must require use of a medical device.

The program also accepts paraplegics, hemiplegics, quadriplegics, multiple sclerosis or scleroderma patients, individuals who require air conditioning, and people with life-threatening illnesses or compromised immune systems.

If you or someone in your home qualifies, call us at 1-800-447-6620 - while you complete the application process, we’ll note on your account that there is a resident at your address who uses a qualifying medical device.

Qualifying Medical Devices Close
  • Aerosol Tent
  • Air Mattress/Hospital Bed
  • Apnea Monitor
  • Breather Machine (IPPB)
  • Compressor / Concentrator
  • Dialysis Machine
  • Electronic Nerve Stimulator
  • Electrostatic Nebulizer
  • Hemodialysis Machine
  • Infusion Pump
  • Inhalation Pulmonary Pressure
  • Iron Lung
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Motorized Wheelchair/Scooter
  • Oxygen Generator
  • Pressure Pad
  • Pressure Pump
  • Pulse Oximeter/Monitor
  • Respirator (all types)
  • Suction Machine
  • The Vest/Airway Clearance System
  • Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t)
  • Ultrasonic Nebulizer

2. Submit an application.

  • Print the Medical Baseline Application and fill out Part 1.
  • Have a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) fill out Part 2.
  • Mail the completed application to:

    Southern California Edison Company
    Medical Baseline Department
    P.O. Box 9527
    Azusa, CA 91702-9954

3. Recertify every 1 or 2 years.

If a doctor certifies the medical condition is permanent, the customer must complete Part 1 of the application every two years to recertify.

If a doctor certifies the medical condition is not permanent, the customer must complete Part 1 every year, and a doctor must submit Part 2 every two years.

 

Emergencies and Rotating Power Outages

If the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declares a rare Stage 3 Emergency and enacts rotating outages, we will automatically contact Medical Baseline customers with a pre-recorded telephone message. We may only receive a 10-minute warning, so customers may not hear about the outage before it occurs.

To update your contact information or cancel your notifications, please call us at 1-800-655-4555. For TTY service, please call 1-800-352-8580.

Tips for Creating an Emergency Back-Up Plan

  • Work with the hospital or medical company that supplied your life-support device to develop a back-up plan. They may offer special services during an emergency.
  • Contact your local fire department to see if they keep a list of customers with special medical needs.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy, including your doctor and medical equipment company.
  • Create a plan for leaving your home in the event of a lengthy outage and share this plan with you family and friends.
  • Keep a fully-charged cell phone or spare battery pack on hand.
  • For more emergency plan tips, please visit www.redcross.org.

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Need Additional Help?

Please call 1-800-447-6620 if you have any questions about Medical Baseline or if the standard allowance does not meet your medical needs.

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