From what I understand, the Medical Baseline Allocation is basically an extension of your regular baseline.
That is, with proper documentation, they allow you more kilwatt-hours at the baseline rate as opposed to the higher rate.
In my region, that means 16.5 kWh allotted to the medical baseline. So I get charged my baseline rate for x number of kWh, plus the next 16.5 kWh OVER the baseline per day are considered medical and are charged at the same baseline rate. Nothing is free, just charged at the baseline rate because they know you are required to use them.
Mary, you are in California too, and I would assume they are required to grant medical baseline for the same items as SCE. I'd call and ask. On their the Southern California Edison website, it says "Apnea Monitor" qualifies as a life-saving device.
I would challenge that if they turned you down for a CPAP. My application clearly stated it was a CPAP, and my doctor marked down that it was required and would be used for the remainder of my life. I'd think it was worth trying to apply.
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