I am so angry, but there's nothing I can do. I'm on the COBRA coverage through the hospital that laid me off last year (so you can guess how I feel about
them!) and I just got a letter in the mail today that they are forcing everyone in their group plan to use the hospital's pharmacy starting December 1. There's some convuluted exception if it's after hours (as they're only
open M-F until 4:30pm) and you can get 15 days, but have to pay a $35 co-pay, then must get the remainder of the script
through them. Now you all know that won't work with pain meds.
I just called the insurance company to verify and they said yep, there's no choice. I can't afford other coverage, and the COBRA will end in a few months and I'll end up on Medicaid, so right now it's better coverage than government, but my pharmacy is one of the rare pieces of my pain management that works for me. I like the people, they treat me well, and they're close by. The hospital if 45 minutes away, and winter is about
to start. Plus there's gas prices and my unemployment just ran out. They say then they'll mail them to me. I've always been afraid of the mail order stuff, wondering if it would arrive on time, get lost at Christmas, etc.
People who don't rely on their meds for serious chronic conditions don't understand the fear this stirs up for us! It feels like I'm being forced to switch from a doctor that I like - heck, I'd be wiling to switch doctors; I like my pharmacists better!