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Drug Costs Lotto- vent alert

CheeseQueen57's picture
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Joined: Feb 2016

Just want to vent....I've been on the phone most of the afternoon trying to find a way to reduce my drug costs. I have a Medicare Part D plan through United Healthcare AARP (it sucks compared to my previous commercial plans). Although Medicare is great, the drug plan sucks. 

i currently am in the "doughnut hole" because of the cost of all of my drugs. That means I have to spend a little over $6,000 out of pocket ( I have about $1500 to go) to get to the next level. My afinitor costs $848/month. The generic would cost me $4,000/month (go figure, the generic is more than the brand name.)  Once I hit the Part D catastrophic level my afinitor cost is 5% of the total cost ($19,000). So once I reach the catastrophic level, my afinitor will actually be MORE money!  

My husband and I worked very hard all of our lives so i don't qualify for any income based assistance programs, but there's something very wrong with this picture. I just hope after all this money this damn drug works for a while. And from what I'm seeing, there's no one within our government who is trying to fix this. Just had to vent ladies. 

TeddyandBears_Mom's picture
Posts: 1745
Joined: Jun 2015

You have every right to vent! So sorry Cheese. 

I'm just starting the research on what plans to get for my husband. He turns 65 in November. A bit overwhelming....

Stay strong my friend.

Love and Hugs,



Posts: 319
Joined: Feb 2004

Hi Cheese,

Not sure if you're aware of this:  https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/novartis-pays-over-642-million-settle-allegations-improper-payments-patients-and-physicians


Armywife's picture
Posts: 452
Joined: Feb 2018

Hugs, Cheese.  I hate that you're having to fight this battle.  Life sure is complicated.  Since my husband retired, I'm trying to navigate new health insurance, and it's a full time job...

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