Anthem Blue Cross is having a very bad week. First, California State Insurance Commissioner David Jones called their latest proposed health insurance hikes “unreasonable,” and now this:
Anthem Blue Cross may be breaking California law by requiring some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy, according to the state attorney general’s . . . → Read More: Anthem Blue Cross In Trouble Over Mail-Order Pharmacy Requirements
Another reminder that if you haven’t taken a look at your Medicare materials yet, it is definitely time ot start. According to Avalere Health, seven out of the ten most popular Medicare Part D plans will be hiking their premiums by double digits for next year. With more than 80% of Medicare Part D beneficiaries . . . → Read More: 7 of the 10 Most Popular Medicare Part D Plans Hike Rates By Double Digits
Generic Plavix may have finally be here, but we’re getting a few emails from folks who are asking us, What if they don’t want to switch to a generic version of Plavix Well, rest assured that Bristol-Myers Squibb is more than happy to keep your business for brand-name Plavix, and is working overtime to come . . . → Read More: Generic Plavix Is Here, But What If You Don’t Want to Switch?
If you’ve ever needed convincing to ask questions about the costs of your prescription drugs, this story from Dr. Marni Nicholas at KevinMD.com should do the trick (and how!):
Everybody knows that some medications can cost a lot of money. I always try to take the cost to my patients into account when prescribing a . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: How Close to the Donut Hole Are Your Drugs Pushing You?
This is a really interesting commentary which may sound familiar to many of us. Dr. Charles Atkins wrote about his own experiences having the prescriptions for his own migraine headaches repeatedly denied by his health insurance carrier in favor of a cheaper substitute. I know I’ve had this experience and I’m sure that many of . . . → Read More: Are Health Insurance Companies Passive-Aggressive Bullies?
By now, you’ve probably heard that 13 states have cut their Medicaid in order to balance their budgets, a brutal blow while so many are still trying to climb their way out of the Great Recession. If you are affected by the . . . → Read More: 13 States Cut Medicaid, How Could It Affect Your Prescriptions?
Well, finally! Anthem Blue Cross members who before this year routinely got their prescriptions filled at their local Walgreens drugstore, can finally return! That’s because Express Scripts, one of the county’s largest pharmacy benefit managers, has finally agree on a new contract with Walgreens, which means that anyone whose prescriptions go through Express Scripts will . . . → Read More: Anthem Blue Cross Members Can Finally Return to Walgreens
In more news on what’s at stake in the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, new data has come out on Obamacare’s effect on seniors and their prescription drug spending. According to the data, the 70,000 seniors in California have saved a total of $41 million on their prescription drug costs through the . . . → Read More: California Seniors Saved $41 million on Prescription Drugs Through Obamacare, Says Data
We’re still waiting for a Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacarem”), but if you have parents who use prescription drugs (and who doesn’t?), just a reminder that you should talk to them about how they may be budgeting for their prescription drug costs:
The spectre of senior citizens choosing between food and . . . → Read More: Obamacare: So What Are We Going To Do About the “Donut Hole”?
If you’ve started to struggle with your prescription drug co-pays and co-insurance over the last few years, you may be wondering if it’s just you. Far from it!
Thousands of patients in California and across the nation who take expensive prescription drugs every month for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments are facing sticker . . . → Read More: Are Your Prescription Drug Co-Pays Going Up, Up, Up? You’re Not Alone!