This is a genuine emergency! I’m out of one type of insulin and I’m going to run out of the other type swiftly. Here’s what happened and why I need the help.
Without any form of notification, my prescription medication coverage was canceled. It ended on 7/31. I found this out on a call with my pharmacy on 8/12 when tried to refill my 24-hour insulin, Lantus. I called the company that I thought was my insurance and they said that I hadn’t been with them for a year! Perfect. Who’s been paying for my meds? They don’t know and connect me to Kancare. After holding for about 15 minutes, their automated system cornered me into leaving a message. I did, all the while assuming I’d never hear back from them on a timely basis.
Later that same day, I received two pieces of mail. One was the cancelation notice telling me my policy will end at the end of July. The other was a new prescription policy card with a new provider! Crisis averted, right?
I called my pharmacy and gave them the new information, and they told me that my coverage wouldn’t start until October. Thus, I called the new carrier to find out what was going on. The rep I spoke with said that my coverage should actually start in September, seeing as how they received my application on 8/4. She had no answer to the question, “WHO applied for me?” I certainly didn’t sign any paperwork for a new carrier. The notification for the policy cancelation came after the fact and then someone waited until AFTER I had no coverage to submit for new coverage? What the hell was going on?!? She had no idea, took my phone number in case I got disconnected, and then tried to transfer me to the department that would handle emergency prescriptions, LIKE MY INSULIN!
The call was disconnected and no one called me back.
My assumption is that I’m screwed until October. In that time, I’m going to need to fill my Lantus three times because each box of pens is only a 25-day supply. Each $400 without coverage, so $1200. I’m going to need to fill my short-acting insulin, Humalog, twice. I go through four boxes of U200, each box costing $500. That’s going to be a whopping $4000 total. Now include pen needles, alcohol swabs, glucose testing supplies, antidepressant, blood pressure meds, and assorted painkillers (used to address my Charcot foot)…
People, I need $6,000 to keep my elderly butt out of the hospital. That thing about over-the-counter insulin being $25 is a half-truth. It’s available, but it’s the wrong kind of insulin; I wouldn’t have the first clue as to how much I should take to stay under control. I can perhaps wing it for a few days, taking extra doses of my short-acting insulin, but that means I’m going to run out of that even faster.
Please help in some way. If you can’t give, share. And please don’t share once; share it daily until I meet my goal… or I’m definitely going to get incredibly sick, possibly slip into a coma and die.