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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 01/10/12

My big concern is the cost of medications.  My husband reaches the gap early every year. His meds are so-o-o expensive.  He can't be without any of them, but when he reaches that gap in Medicare, it is a financial struggle. Is there any help?
 
Kathy

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Name: Gerianne
Location: Fort Myers
Date: 01/10/2012
Time: 08:09 AM

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Contact the AREA AGENCY ON AGING IN YOUR AREA. They can guide you...to get further help. We have SHINE down here. There are resources if you dig deep enough. Also, a review of his medications would be useful. Perhaps, there are alternatives. I have discovered apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to keep cholesterol levels in range.


Name: KAT
Location: MILWAUKEE, WI
Date: 01/10/2012
Time: 08:03 AM

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1. GO TO NEEDYMEDS.ORG, ENTER DRUG NAME - THERE ARE FORMS TO GET FREE OR LOW COST DRUGS FROM MANUF. YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO GET A PRINT OUT FROM WHERE YOU GET DRUGS TO PROVE WHAT YOU'VE PAID OUT OF POCKET. BE RELENTLESS !!!! IF THEY REJECT YOU, CALL ASK FOR APPEALS. 2. ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR FREE SAMPLES. 3. THERE ARE STATE PROGRAMS FOR LOW COST DRUGS. I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS FOR 7 YEARS WITH MY MOM'S ALZHEIMER'S. IT IS LABORIOUS BUT WORTH IT TO GET FREE /LOW COST MEDS. GOOD LUCK !


Name: Therese Rodriguez, MSW
Location: York, PA
Date: 01/10/2012
Time: 05:55 AM

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First you need to know that with traditional Part D Medicare, you should assess the best provider every year. Providers do change their conditions every year. So the best one last year may not be the one for you this year. You an go to Medicare.gov in November, enter your meds and compare costs before choosing your plan. Another thing to know is that some drugmakers provide assistance. Simply go on line and go to the drugmaker's website to see if they offer any help. Some will send you a discount card to use for co-pays. Look at the conditions to see whether it is better to save and use once in the gap. Finally, if your husband has a specific medical condition, there may be some help available through foundations and associations. This is particularly true for kidney disease and people on dialysis. However information on where to find help may be available through The American Heart Association or American Kidney Foundation, for example.


Name: Louise
Location: Long Island, NY
Date: 01/10/2012
Time: 05:36 AM

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Dear Kathy, I've noticed that some drug companies are offering patients discounts if they can't afford to pay for their drugs. Talk to your pharmacist and find out who makes the drugs you can't afford. Then contact that company(s) and ask if they offer a discount program. It can't hurt to try and it might give you some much needed financial relief. Good luck! I hope you succeed.


Name: Diane
Location: Western NY
Date: 01/10/2012
Time: 05:20 AM

Comments

Kathy, try contacting NORD (National Organization For Rare Diseases). I think they have a program to help with medicines that are not covered under insurance so maybe they can help you with this situation, too. Good luck!


Name: kathy
Location: MN
Date: 01/10/2012
Time: 02:00 AM

Comments

Kathy, You might want to check with the manufactures of the medications that your husband is on and they might help, they all have a 1-800-number that you can call. The other option is to talk with the pahrmacist that fills the meds there might be someother options out there also talk with your husbands physician and explain that you are hitting your cap early on.



 







 

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