Sunday, March 1, 2009

No sex or rock'n'roll, just drugs

Well, the doctor I saw Thursday was pretty sure I would live and it appears that I have. By Saturday I was feeling a lot better, though I still have a wicked cough and clogged nose. My fever has gone away and I can stand up without feeling dizzy from lack of oxygen. The doctor prescribed me an inhaler which has been a big help. The only problem being that the new insurance I was so relived to finally get apparently has the crappiest prescription coverage EVER. I went to CVS where they charged me $42 for the inhaler. Insurance didn't cover a cent because it wasn't on their "approved" list of drugs, but I was so sick I didn't have the energy to fight it or figure out where it might be cheaper. I went home, took my drugs and went to bed at 5pm.
A of course hadn't gotten his diabetes medicine yet with the new insurance and after seeing what happened with me he called to ask why it wasn't covered - when we got the insurance it said something like $10 copay for generic, $20 for brand. Turns out, they don't cover some drugs for some reason - including one of his diabetes drugs. Which costs $200 a month. And there is no generic for it in the US.
Um, fuck.
So now we need to figure out how to buy Canadian drugs or something, because we're already paying more for our bills then we have coming in. Anna, I might be coming to visit.

ETA: Sorry I haven't caught up on commenting yet. Besides being sick, work has been really busy. We have a conference this week I've been getting ready for and I had to be at work today for it so although I know I am constantly full of shit I WILL get to you all soon.

24 comments:

  1. Um, Fuck is right. That really sucks. You guys have the right to get and stay healthy.

    Can you do some magic with your pull to get Obama to fix health insurance a little faster?

    It still makes me smile to see your updates.

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  2. And I have an addition to my comment...

    If you go live with Anna, I must must must join you!

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  3. That totally sucks. I hope you find a way to smuggle some highly-addictive diabetes drugs into the country :-)

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  4. That totally sucks...the inhaler thing, I understand, because doctors have about a million choices, and they always pick the most expensive one with no generic. Can A's doctor prescribe any alternative drugs for him, or has he spent a long time getting to the right combination? Good luck.

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  5. The insurance stuff sucks. It is insane that people who need medications can't get them due to poor coverage (I mean, you have insurance! These things should be covered!).

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  6. That insurance thing is shyte. Are there alternatives for A's drugs?

    Hope you are feeling better!

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  7. I hope you get to feeling better soon!

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  8. Insurance is such bullsh!t. I have 13 full time employees for which I provide insurance at my company. This costs me approximately $40K a year. And they (obviously) don't cover infertility. But they ALSO only cover $2,500 a year for "durable medical equipment". Like my husband's prosthetic. Or, god forbid he need a pacemaker. Or a hearing aid. WTF?!?

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  9. I hate insurance. Mine is so crappy that the 'covers all PA kids' insurance- you know- state sponsered, but anyone is eligible regardless of income- is the exact same- if not slightly better at $60 a month for the babe, than putting her on mom's insurance at $250 a month. And don't get me started on drug coverage- I just consider myself extremely blessed that the hub & I don't need any monthly medications.

    Maybe what some pp have said could help- could A's doc prescribe a different medication for him? cuz $200 a month for a pill really sucks ass when you have insurance that's supposed to pay for that shit!

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  10. My lord, WTF? Not covering a diabetes drug?

    We have to get you a Canadian connection because that's just wrong.

    I hope you feel better really soon, and that this conference doesn't wear you out.

    Huge hugs!

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  11. Crap. That just sucks, Io.

    You and s.e. are welcome anytime, though. We've got lots of space and a very cuddly dog to cheer you up while you recuperate.

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  12. Insurance companies SUCK ASS.

    Don't stress about the commenting.

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  13. Glad to hear you are doing better. How does A feel about the bar? I've been thinking of him, and sending happy MBE thoughts his way.

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  14. ERRR I hate insurance companies! I hope you can get the meds you need with out paying out the @ss!

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  15. That just sucks. I hate insurance companies! I hope you're able to figure something out that's reasonable for you, and I hope that you're feeling better soon!

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  16. I am SURE you have already checked into this but are any of your medications on those $4 drug lists at the major retailers? Also, some insurance companies have diabetes management programs that if you enroll and participate in your diabetic supplies are free. They don't advertise it very well and you have to ask but it might be worth looking into. I am so sorry because even though I am in the industry I get so freakin frustrated with insurance companies. I experience it every day. Fortunately my role is to help people navigate the more frustrating aspects of it. Good luck!

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  17. Oh no!! That fucking sucks. Insurance. Man. Sometimes we're better off just paying for the damn shit out of pocket than paying insurance and still paying for things out of pocket.

    Hope you are feeling better! And that maybe A's doc can prescribe something different that is covered.

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  18. Insurance sucks! I don't understand it.

    Thanks for the comment about two weeks ago telling me to take some names at Nationals. I read it right before I left for the race.

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  19. LAMB BACON?!?!

    Hell's ya!

    Let me know when you recover and I'm there.

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  20. Git yerself well, dammit!

    Is there any insurance company in existence that is not out there to ripoff their customers??!! We pour money into their grubby hands and get nothing in return. Hate 'em. HATE 'em. I really hope things work out for you.

    P.S. ~ I tagged you with the Honest Scrap Award. See my blog for details.....
    ((HUGS))

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  21. Few things are worse than not being able to breathe and feeling drained as we a result -- wishing you a speedy recovery and better prescription coverage. $42 for an inhaler? $200 for diabetes drugs. that's insane -- and they're not even infertility drugs!

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  22. Few things are worse than not being able to breathe and feeling drained as we a result -- wishing you a speedy recovery and better prescription coverage. $42 for an inhaler? $200 for diabetes drugs. that's insane -- and they're not even infertility drugs!

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  23. Aw, CRAP...hun, I am so sorry. Insurance companies really suck. We just found out yesterday that our rates are going WAAAY up ($40 copays!).

    I hope you guys figure out how to get your hubby's meds at a more resonable price! I think that as long as you have a perscription, it shouldn't be an issue getting them online from a Canadian pharmacy...::fingers crossed::

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  24. Have you tried Wal-Mart pharmacy?
    Most generic prescriptions- including the two I take for my diabetes- Metformin and Glyberide- only cost $ 4 for a 30 day supply.

    Hope that you are feeling better by now and that you stay healthy for a while. You have been sick
    so many times lately. I feel bad for you.

    I just found your blog today. I have been "blog hopping" today.

    Hugs and prayers for better health!!

    Tracy

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