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Update: HAPPY ENDING to the Medicaid, Part D story

Posted By on March 30th, 2010 at 9:44 am | 0 comments.

In an attempt to keep those in a similar situation up to date, I have a happy ending to the patient who is on Medicaid, Part D who was in the application process for help from the pharmaceutical company’s Patient Assistance Program.

I’m happy to report that the breast cancer patient I wrote about earlier is now on a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) and has received her first free refill of Xeloda, an oral chemotherapy prescription drug. PAPs are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and provide free or discounted meds to patients.

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, please contact the PBCC if there is anything we can do to help. This is why we’re here.

Update: Patient on Medicaid, Part D

Posted By on March 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm | 0 comments.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a patient on Medicaid, Part D. The co-pay for her prescription is way beyond her monthly budget ($300 every 3 weeks).

Currently, she is in the application process for help from the pharmaceutical company’s Patient Assistance Program. We have recommended that she contact the Patient Advocate Foundation for help through their Co-Pay Relief program.

For now, her doctor was able to secure a one-time free prescription refill which we hope will see her through until a more long-term solution is found. This patient is one of so many we work with who are struggling with “paying their bills or buying their pills.”

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, please contact the PBCC if there is anything we can do to help. This is why we’re here.

Patient Advocacy: Rewarding and Challenging

Posted By on March 1st, 2010 at 3:34 pm | 129 comments.

Patient advocacy is of course incredibly rewarding.  Referring a woman, newly diagnosed with breast cancer, to just the right program or organization to help with her particular circumstance makes for an amazing day at work.

At the moment, we are faced with finding resources for two women who share the same problem:  Medicare does not cover all the costs of their treatment or medication and they cannot afford the supplemental coverage. One of those women has actually stopped treatment. Is this a coincidence?  Or is it, as a breast center nurse called it, a new trend of “Medicare poor” or “retired poor”?

The PBCC will not give up until we find a resolution for these women, but meanwhile we worry about that regimen of chemotherapy being interrupted and what it will do to her.  And we worry about the other patients these two women may represent … the ones with the same problem who aren’t calling because they have already given up.

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, please contact the PBCC if there is anything we can do to help. This is why we’re here.