ANOTHER YEAR ROLLS AROUND
Yesterday was my 12th anniversary on this blog.
I have written more than 12,000 posts and have just under 30,000 photographs in the media library. I have been a very busy lady.
I try to add new material daily. These days, I post more photographs than written stuff because writing is more of a brain drain. I’ve got other issues to deal with.
You don’t get a lot of perks from aging but I have decided it’s okay to say “I don’t feel like doing that” — whatever “that” might be. At 75, I write when I feel like it and if I don’t feel like it, I don’t write. What with more than 12,000 posts in the hopper, I’m not bashful about re-posting something. Even when reissuing a post, I give it an edit, change pictures, and try to make sure the dates are right. Blogging isn’t always my top priority. Survival looms larger.
I’m fighting for basic medications — mostly for blood pressure and heart-related issues. Having to fight for your life is exhausting. I don’t know if I should scream or weep.
If I don’t take the right medications, my heart will stop beating. You might think that would be sufficient reason to get the drugs I need, but you would be wrong.
I have been with MassAdvantage for just over a month. I have had to fight them for every medication — ALL of which are generic. The people — their “customer disservice” group — I talk to at MassAdvantage don’t understand anything. I explain and they say: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”
If I don’t take these meds, I’ll die. From my standpoint, this would be a huge inconvenience but maybe not for them. I’m not sure what they mean by “inconvenience.” Is this their way of not ever having to say “I’m sorry”? Or “We will fix this”?
I have a rebuilt heart plus a pacemaker. I’m maxed out on medications. I’m also missing a stomach due to massive ulceration. Serious medical issues result from this combination. Forget the spinal arthritis — that’s minor compared to the other stuff. There are a lot of medicines I can’t take or which don’t work because of the missing stomach. Add that to the medicines I have to take or I’ll die, then finding ones that are generic (and theoretically affordable) isn’t easy. There’s no wiggle room for me.
So after this kind of awful, long day, I’m too tired to write. Instead, I search through my posts to find something interesting, give it an edit, new photographs, then publish it. Today, I’m writing because I need to blow off steam. It’s a day later and I’m still furious. I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am to have left BlueCross. Garry and I were with them for four years and I never — not once — had to fight them to get a drug I needed.
So, as I enter my 13th year of Serendipity, I’m not going to write a new post every day. I’m sorry if that’s a disappointment. Writing posts isn’t always at the top of my “to do” list.
This battle to get necessary medicine is a fight with which many of us are familiar. If you have a serious chronic condition, the absurdity of drug prices in the U.S. is terrifying. You can’t qualify for “extra help” from Medicaid unless you are so poor you’re living in a crate.
I apologize for the inconvenience. Oh, wait! That is exactly what MassAdvantage said after denying me Procardia (generic). Which I need to survive. If I die from not getting the meds I need, will they consider that just one more “inconvenience”?
After this long battle with three different levels of customer disservice, they said: “Okay, we have put it on the formulary — that will be $89 for three months.” Of that $89, they are paying nothing. They are providing not a penny of insurance backup. And here’s the best part.
Their price is almost $20 ABOVE list price. No, I’m not kidding.
It’s not just politicians who who have no shame. As far as they are concerned, this is all they need to do. They apparently think I need their permission to take a medication.
If you have a prescription from a doctor, you don’t need anyone else’s permission. MassAdvantage apparently has not gotten this message.
Moreover? In four years of working with BlueCross, I never had to fight for medicines I needed. Not once in four years. I never had to fight with anyone in their customer service department for any reason. Yet, a mere month and a few days of “working” with MassAdvantage? I’ve had to fight for every single medication.
They have exceeded my worst fears. It’s not just politicians who have no sense of shame. Drug companies and insurers are worse because they are playing directly with our lives — and they don’t care.