How/why is this kind of copay allowed in the Medicare program?
This is a huge and unfortunately common problem. Hopefully there will be reforms to how Medicare handles expensive oral chemotherapy drugs in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, your mother's oncologist ought to have someone who deals with these issues on a regular basis and is knowledgeable about where to go for financial help. Celgene or a foundation may be able to provide co-pay assistance depending on the circumstances.
Good luck and let us know how things go!
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Dr. Peter Voorhees
- Name: Peter Voorhees, M.D.
Beacon Medical Advisor
Also from Framingham, Diagnosted with multiple myeloma on 16 Dec 2011
And yes Revlimid cost have me frightened.
Just finishing chemo Cycle one - expect 4 to 6 cycles; w/ Stem Cell Transplant to follow.
I contacted Celgene however, no help.
I did not need or sign up fpr Medicare Part D for 2012; so I am running the finacial gauntlet alone.
> basic question
> What about us who have a decent retirement income and do not qualify for
> Are we supposed to pay our savings to allow celgene to make an obscene
I am in the same boat. No one seems to be trying to confront Celgene about the cost. Guess MMF and others think we should be thankful that we can spend all out hard earned money on multiple myeloma and survive. My state will never do anything to help the situation.
> Contact the Chronic Disease Fund on line for an application or call them
> for info. My partners 2800 dollar co-pay ended up being 10.00. Also try the
> International Myeloma Foundation or the Multiple Myeloma Research
> Foundation. All of the above, along with the drug manufacturer can assist
> with co-pays after qualifying. On another note, various states are trying
> to get Medicare to pay for oral chemo therapy under Part B Medicare the way
> they do for Intravenous chemotherapy. Sixteen or Seventeen states have
> already passed legislation to do this and others are in the process so keep
> your eye out for that legislation.
Can you tell me which states have passed this legislation and where you saw this info. Thanks reply to firstname.lastname@example.org