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Date: 2/14/13 1:46 PM

Ok so I got to Walgreens to pick up my usual prescriptions. And she says that will be $90 I said WHAT. I paid $8 and $5 for these same two scripts last month. She went on about my deductible and I said I haven't met my deductible all year. I took the one for my HB that one doubled from $15 to $34 but left my acid reflux med for $62. I call Carefirst my lovely health insurance co. They said well Carefirst had a price change. I said how can you possibly justify and increase for 30 pills from $8 to $62. They couldn't but. So I went to the FB page for Carefirst and ranted. I then got a message through fB to fill out a form and they would contact me I thought what the heck. So I did and they called me last night while I was making dinner. And the reason for the price increase is that, those drugs are no longer on the formulary list. This is the most bizarre crap I've ever heard. It should cost what is costs. Not because you make a deal with this manufactor etc. I'm still steamed. And apparently they can change this at any time. So at any moment you prescription prices could change. I wrote a letter to my congress person this is really unacceptable. I could see if it went up $5 or even $10 but $60 that's outrageous. So now have to get doc to prescribe me something different that is on the formulary list. Even though the former drug was working just fine for me. For people with money this probably isn't a big deal but for me $8 vs $60 is. And they shouldn't be allow to get away with it. And why I'm at it I shouldn't have to pay $9 a pill for a drug that cost $2 a pill in Canada. My co-worker's husband needed a drug that cost $1,000 a month with insurance. She is currently getting it from Canada for $300. What is wrong with this picture people? This health care act doesn't appear to be helping anyone.

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Date: 2/14/13 2:13 PM

I feel for you. That whole formulary list thing stink! We've experienced a similar situation with my son's Epi-Pens. It is not something that he can't have in case he has a reaction to certain foods. Luckily, we changed to an insurance company that covers it. But, it was awful and VERY expensive when it wasn't covered.

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Date: 2/14/13 2:15 PM

Don't get me started LOL!

I noticed you were talking something for acid reflux. I know you didn't ask (so feel free to tell me to butt out) but my chiropractor got me off that that medication. He told me not to drink anything for 15 minutes before a meal until at least 30 minutes after. Also no soda - period - just pure drinking water.

It took a few days to get used to it and my body went through an adjustment. But I haven't had to take them at all for at least ten years now (and my heartburn was so bad, I'd be in tears unable to lay down, etc.)

I just thought I'd share because it wouldn't hurt you to try and perhaps you could save yourself some money.

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Date: 2/14/13 2:16 PM

Yes, it actually is helping people. They passed the new law with lots of unfortunate loop holes and lawyers working for all kinds of special groups and companies began seeing where they could use those loopholes to their advantage.

The new healthcare act was to help people get into the middle class. We are helping people get into the middle class by paying higher healthcare. Our extra dollars that we are paying goes into funding for heathcare programs, fees, and taxes on the fees, and newer extra fees and the taxes on those fees. We are generating income too for the economy.

I'm not being tacky, or starting anything, but I've read, and listened to lots of weekend news shows where this was being discussed.

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Date: 2/14/13 2:30 PM

Well, before "Obamacare" was passed, the small group at the office my hsuband and I once had was down to one person, me. Peter had gone on Medicare and the other folks had found other employment because we were going too just do one or two projects a year. One person does not a group make, therefore I had to find individual coverage. In spite of laws to the contrary (because I had had group coverage), I was denied coverage by every insurance company due to a pre-existing condition. In Michigan BCBS has to take you.

I decided to go with the lowest deductible basic coverage to get a modest poremium. To get coverage similar to my near cadillac package was not affordable. The kicker was the prescription coverage and that blasted formulary.

Imagine paying $40/month for something and suddenly being told it was just under $300. Then to discover my sister who has great coverage augmented by her DH's military medical benefit from the reserves gets the same prescription and pays nothing. Without her DH's insurance, she was paying $20 but that got covered by his ins.

Yes, I feel your pain. No, this is not a result of the most recent health care regulations. ETA: My experience with this medication and the change in insurance carriers started before the new program was passed. Frankly, I think we need more regulation...of big pharma.

Anyway, I now get that particular prescription filled through a Canadian pharmacy for about $45 a month, including the shipping which occasionally is free and the reduces my costs a little more.
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Date: 2/14/13 2:36 PM

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Frankly, I think we need more regulation...of big pharma.


Absolutely!
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Date: 2/14/13 2:44 PM

Don't even get me started on big pharma! My husband's Nexxium went up to $215 recently. Used to be about $30. So, he only takes it every other day now. He recently had another test on the esophagus and the doc could tell he'd stopped taking it.
I will tell him about the no water thing. He loves his Kool Aid during a meal.

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Date: 2/14/13 2:52 PM

Your small company could not handle the high cost of giving their employees health care covereage. The new healthcare act made it possible. There was a whole lot of information on this a few years ago. That's why more independent types of insurances are cropping up online and even through Sams and Costco's.
My gyn told me I can no longer get certain tests every year because of the way my insurance is interpreting the new laws, so she told me never to miss an appt., and to get all the tests I can get so nothing is missed for too long.

THis healthcare act could have come from a Democratic government or a Repulican government. The State of the Union Address is what the current president in office wants to be remembered by. I've read it a number of times with all presidents in office, yellow highlighter to see how they fared at the end of the term. I'm on my 2nd college student and the civics classes can really get the kids to discuss and research.

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Date: 2/14/13 2:58 PM

It really had nothing to do with current laws and everything to do about greed and I'm really sick of it. The pharm companies charge way more then they should. Let's start there. I support what the president tried to do with healthcare and I think he did the best he could with everyone fighting him. It's almost impossible these days to fight against greed.

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Date: 2/14/13 3:01 PM

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The new healthcare act was to help people get into the middle class.


The "middle class" are the ones paying for this, so it's most likely going to push the middle class into poverty. What happens when there's no middle class?

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