Diabetes/Insulin and the Donut Hole

Jul 19, 2015

  1. vertex
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    A common request this time of year is a plea to help find a way to deal with the cost of insulin through the donut hole. Outside of the following I would be interested to know what I may be missing.

    1. Try to see if they can qualify for LIS
    2. See if there is a special needs plan (diabetes) that may have better coverage for insulin.
    3. Try to get an allowance from the pharmaceutical company. (Usually never an option.)
    4. Use the program that Walmart has for generic Novolin N and R for about $25.00 a bottle.
    5. Reduce total cost by shopping around. (Costo / Sams Club - usually less expensive.)

    Any input would be appreciated.
     
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    They need to plan earlier to get medications from other sources such as Canada to hopefully keep the donut hole away longer or avoid altogether.

    I discuss this with my clients when I originally help them, not in August.

    Rick
     
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    Fun fact: The donut hole caused diabetes.
     
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    Even funner fact: The donut hole is comprised of air and is surrounded by the cause of diabetes.

    Rick
     
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    You are speaking of the whole donut, not the donut hole...
     
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    Some of my clients ended up in the donut hole in the FIRST QTR thanks to ridiculous costs for insulin

    So now I tell them all to not even use their plan to get Insulin--pay cash at Wally World---yes here its like $22.

    Sure glad Dear Leader has made Health Care "Uhfordubull" and understandable
     
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    Rick is right, It is that outside the hole that causes diabetes, It is the hole that causes anxiety, depression,HBP, other heart Issues,

    The hole also has a strange Magnetic effect on Rick
     
    vic120, Jul 20, 2015
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