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Old 06-06-2019, 12:06 PM
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Man am I frustrated.

I've become more and more involved in my parent's healthcare and finances. They are 88 & 84. Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 18 months ago and is an insulin-dependent type 2 diabetic. Their finances are not great.

Insulin is pretty expensive, even with Medicare Part D coverage. Many drug companies have programs for seniors with limited resources, but it is next to impossible to find the information needed to apply. Their websites are all cute and full of "We're here to help", but if they really cared these programs wouldn't be buried deep in the website, with limited access to information. And yes, I tried calling the support number twice, and got disconnected each time while going through the menus.

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Old 06-06-2019, 12:11 PM
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Seniors, of which I am now one in early stages, are cannon fodder for the companies that make money from them. Drug companies prey upon seniors like wolfs thinning a herd of deer. The weak, young and old get eaten first.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Man am I frustrated.

I've become more and more involved in my parent's healthcare and finances. They are 88 & 84. Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 18 months ago and is an insulin-dependent type 2 diabetic. Their finances are not great.

Insulin is pretty expensive, even with Medicare Part D coverage. Many drug companies have programs for seniors with limited resources, but it is next to impossible to find the information needed to apply. Their websites are all cute and full of "We're here to help", but if they really cared these programs wouldn't be buried deep in the website, with limited access to information. And yes, I tried calling the support number twice, and got disconnected each time while going through the menus.

Rant over.

ask the dr to change the insulin to relion insulin. believe it is walmart's brand and has to come from a walmart pharmacy. very affordable insulin and will do the job!
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:32 PM
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ask the dr to change the insulin to relion insulin. believe it is walmart's brand and has to come from a walmart pharmacy. very affordable insulin and will do the job!
She takes Humalog for short term, and just switched from Lantus to Toujeo for long term. Reasoning was that it's easier for her to remember since it's once a day. Alzheimer's and diabetes is a tough combination.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:39 PM
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She takes Humalog for short term, and just switched from Lantus to Toujeo for long term. Reasoning was that it's easier for her to remember since it's once a day. Alzheimer's and diabetes is a tough combination.

toujeo is nothing more than regular ol insulin and because it is new, it is expensive. relion has short acting and long acting insulins just as the ones you mentioned. i get where the dr is coming from, but he is not caring about the financial stand point for your parents!

look into relion options you will thank me later!
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:54 PM
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Search for your drugs on Good RX and use the coupons. It won't apply to your insurance deductible but you will most likely pay less using the coupon price. https://www.goodrx.com/ As the paying consumer of health care, you have the right to shop around.
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:02 AM
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I'm very familiar with www.goodrx.com. Many of the discounts aren't available if the individual has Medicare Part D. If that's the case, some, like Sanofi, have patient assistance programs. I can't imagine a senior trying to stumble their way through the requirements, let alone even finding the program.

I'll have my sister, who is more involved in their medical stuff ask the Dr. about the Relion insulin. I'm familiar with Relion testing equipment and test strips, but didn't know they distributed insulin as well.
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
I'm very familiar with www.goodrx.com. Many of the discounts aren't available if the individual has Medicare Part D. If that's the case, some, like Sanofi, have patient assistance programs. I can't imagine a senior trying to stumble their way through the requirements, let alone even finding the program.

I'll have my sister, who is more involved in their medical stuff ask the Dr. about the Relion insulin. I'm familiar with Relion testing equipment and test strips, but didn't know they distributed insulin as well.
correct usually when on medicare, it makes them not eligible for any of the savings programs. patient assistance is hit or miss with the elderly. the dr can do a better job of finding something more affordable and should be considering that when prescribing medications
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:09 AM
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correct usually when on medicare, it makes them not eligible for any of the savings programs. patient assistance is hit or miss with the elderly. the dr can do a better job of finding something more affordable and should be considering that when prescribing medications
I've come to the conclusion that for lower income seniors, it makes sense to not have Part D, but apply for the various assistance programs through the Pharmaceutical companies. The downside is the level of paperwork involved.

One question is "What is Household Income"? Well, what's included? Gross SS before or after deductions for Medicare? Taxable portion only? IRA amounts taken or only the RMD? Muni bond interest? These are issues I'm trying to resolve, and the answers aren't easy to find. I got cut off calling Sanofi twice yesterday.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:15 AM
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Go to this web site and put your prescription in to see what you get from this Canada Pharmacy.

https://www.globalpharmacyplus.com

I needed this cream for sun cancer spots on my forehead.. Went to CVS to pic up and I was told my co-pay was $200. I said can I take a picture so I can look around
and was aloud to do this. At work I heard my co-workers talking about this Canadian web site they go to for their meds so I asked for the web site.
After I input what I was looking for the price came up a total of $25 that included shipping. So I got a copy of the prescription and faxed this to them. 12 days later I
received the ointment. Not everything is a savings like this but you have to wait for the delivery. The doctors will not fax the prescription to Canada as its out of the
country so you have to do this if you want to order from them. Moms cancer pills were $10,000 a month which no way we could afford. Hope this site helps you when you have to pay so much.
The price from Canada was $1,890 a month which we still could not afford.

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