For those on Remicade needing assistance with insurance co-pays or that have high deductibles

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   Posted 7/17/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I received a newsletter today from Centocor that says the following:
RemiStart is a rebate program from Centocor that provides financial assistance to eligible people receiving infusions of Remicade. Based upon eligibility, RemiStart can provide a rebate for your medication out-of-pocket costs for the first twelve months. RemiStart offers rebates of up to $400 per infusion. People with high deductible amounts may be eleigible for assistance in excess of $400 per infusion.
Are beginning or currently using Remicade
Have commercial insurance that covers medication costs for Remicade but your co-payment is greater than $100 per infusion.
Other restictions apply.
Get an application, find out more information including eligibilty status by calling 888.222.3771. Applications are also available online

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   Posted 7/18/2008 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing this Ides!
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   Posted 8/4/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing this, Ides. We have more and more people on Remi these days, and this program can be a great help.
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been approved for the remistart program and it is a great program. The problem is with paying the copay. I have such a high copay that there is no way a normal person would be able to pay it. I have a $700 copay for each infusion and I have been told I have to pay the entire out of pocket maximum on my insurance before they will ship the medicine to my doctors office. Yeah I will get reimbursed for it but I am having problems coming up with the $2000 I have to pay up front on my out of pocket to get the infusion started. Some insurance companies just suck.

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Here's a link to the RA fund at Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF). It has been a Godsend for Kim, my wife who was diagnosed with RA last year.
It paid our high deductible of $1,500 after Kim's first treatment this past Jan. It currently has a waiting list, but it is definitely worth applying for.

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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
You might want to check and see if there are places that charge less. You don't have to use your doctor's office, just take the Rx elsewhere. An infusion center might be less...or never know. There have been a wide variety of "prices" reported.

FYI, my GI has an infusion center attached to her office, and my co-pay for service and Rx is about $350. It was less than the hospital, by far.
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   Posted 8/29/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   


Just wanted to add two cents.

I receive Remicade for my crohns disease and was paying an enormous out of pocket expense.

Then I found out about a infusion center where I can receive it and only pay a $35. copay!!!!!! shocked yeah shocked

My insurance company did not offer this information but I was tipped from my GI's office.

Make sure you inquire to your insurance company if you would be covered at an infusion center.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.. I'm having a problem paying my copay for Remicade. I can't get approved for Remi-start because of my insurance. Does anyone know any other assistance programs available that might be able to help me? Thank you so much!

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   Posted 2/16/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I too am in the exact same scenario as MacGirl...Copay of around $700 which I have to pay upfront. I do use the remistart is great but coming up with the copay upfront is a major hardship...last month I had to put of my infusion for a couple of weeks until I could borrow and beg to come up with my $2000 deductible...It is horrible how expensive Remi is. I am on the waiting list for the copay assistance program. And my infusion center is the cheapest in the area :(
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