he is 88 years old and in good health. has macular degeneration and takes meds for bp and heart with a few others. his ins states he has maxed out on his presription coverage. he has an income but can not afford all the bills for living and now meds. we took him to the va as he was in the army. they are trying to see if he qualifies. it is taking a long time . the dr office has been sending samples of some. adivar for his asthma etc. what can we do
I'm wondering what kind of insurance he has. If he is on Medicare, and has Medicare D, he maybe has reached the coverage gap, but once he's through it, the insurance kicks in again (this is a bad deal and is gradually going to be fixed, but it is how it operates at this time). If he had other insurance, it sounds to me that you are doing all you can for him, but it's outrageous that he can't get the medication he needs. The VA will help eventually, but it does take a long time to process his paperwork. Please keep working with the doctor and the drug companies and keep us posted on how you are doing.
Whoever dreamed up the "donut hole" coverage, and what were they smoking at the time?
We may have the best medicines in the world but our drug distribution system is outrageous.
I often think of the Dicken's story, A Christmas Carol, where lame Tiny Tim was going to die until he got help from a wealthy benefactor. It is sobering to think that working people in the US today are often like Tiny Tim's family -- unable to pay for medical care they need.
In Pa, there is a program that helps with cost of meds if you meet the income guidelines it is sponsered thru the lottery. Maybe you can find a state program.
The Va take a long time to go thru. I waited 8 months only to find out that mom wasn't approved. My dad served but it wasn't during specific war time dates so that disallowed her. But on a positive note if your dad is approved he should get all that back pay from the time he applied from my understanding.
It is ridiculous the cost of meds. With my mother's dementia and related symptoms and my husband and his severe diabeties, and all his other meds. It costs this household a small fortune each month just in co-pays. Now mom is on Hospice and they cover most. So that is a little extra pocket change.
I am sorry that I can't give you a fixer to the problem. Just research there are programs out there but finding them is the problem.