No meds, no insurance, Hubby lost his job

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Jen28
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   Posted 7/15/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have only gotten as far with my treatment as MTX & I was only on it for a month. I didn't care for my rheumy & was in the process of finding another when my hubby lost his job. Really I am just wondering how far down the potty is my health going to go? What can I do or take over the counter to help with the symptoms? I've had symptoms of RA for 3 years & was dxed in March of this year. I have darvocet that has to last me until we are on insurance again. We've applied for COBRA & for medicaid. Thought I was lost before. So lost now. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

momto3
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   Posted 7/15/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,
 
I'm so sorry to hear about your situation.  Is there anyway that your rhuemy would see you on a sliding scale and maybe give you some samples? I also take the MTX and it is fairly inexpensive even without our copay.  Here in our area we have an organization that actually gives out free prescription cards and with these cards, clients can gain discounts on most medications, most being around $7.00.  I'm not sure where you are located, but perhaps there is something like this where you live.
 
Chances are if you have been with your rheumy from the beginning of your diagnosis, he or she will work with you as much as possible, so that you don't have to go without your meds, especially if you are on the MTX.  I don't know if this helps any but my pain pills without insurance are only 15 dollars so they come pretty cheap, and they are the darvocets.  I fill my prescriptions at Wal Greens.
 
The main concern is that you are not in a great deal of pain, and maybe someone else will come along with some over the counter ideas for help.  I'm sorry I don't have any of those sad
 
I wish you the best!

SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/15/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,
Welcome to HW! Sorry you are going through such a bad time at the moment. I cant offer any advice on insurance as I dont live in the US, just wanted to welcome you and let you know that the people on here give great advice and are very compassionate, so post whenever you need to.
Jo

donnaeil
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   Posted 7/16/2009 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
COntact the pharmaceutical company that manufactures your meds. They will direct you to the information that will give you your meds for free. It costs about $7/00 for 3 months.

Donnaeil

Jen28
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   Posted 7/16/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I just don't know if I should wait until the pain is bad before seeking help. Our money is super tight right now. I just hope I don't get a cold before I get back on insurance. If I run even a slight fever, my skin hurts so bad I can't stand it & every joint nearly kills me with pain. Luckily I am at home much of my time & not exposed to as much as I could be. The swine flu scares me though. Hope either COBRA or medicaid comes through soon. Thanks again for the advice & kind words. Take care everyone!
Jen

momto3
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   Posted 7/16/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,
 
Try not to wait until you flare out of control, this means it can take more meds to get you back where you need to be.  I know money is tight and even 7.00 can cause stress! I hope your situation looks up soon and please know you can always vent here.

MountainMan
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   Posted 7/24/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
07/24/09

New member here but saw your need for medications. You might go to http://www.needymeds.com as they provide all free medications and if the one you need is one they provide it cost you nothing. It comes from all the Pharmacy Companies that make the medications. They have been doing this for many years. Just not something they advertize about. When you pull up the page it has A through Z and either go by the name of company or medication name and name brand or generic. Also they have a listing of Free Clinics if there is one where you live or near by that offers free medical. Hope this helps some. Take care as don't look at the whole day or whole platter you are dealing with but just take it, "one minute at a time". Focus on what has to be addressed and let the other stuff stay up on the shelf until you can take it down and deal with it.
"Take Life One Minute At A Time as there are 1440 Minutes in Every 24 Hour Day To Take Life A Day At A Time!"


Jen28
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   Posted 7/24/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again everyone for the info. I really appreciate it. I got the kids on Medicaid but no insurance for me or my hubby. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

donnaeil
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   Posted 7/24/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Any hospital which receives medicaid funds has to care for you, with or without money, it is the law. You can just go to the emergency room for treatment and ask to be referred to the clinic. There you will receive treatment. Have your past medical records with you.

The hospitals have forms that can be filled out for reduced fee payments. In addition, if you cannot pay these fees usually a charity connected with the hospital will pick them up later on in the year. When I had no insurance and did not qualify for Medicaid, I had surgery, medical equipment and procedures completely paid for this way.

Your medicines will be covered by the free prescription plans.

Donnaeil
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