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Offline Niceguy2013

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United Healthcare Insurance
« on: January 05, 2014, 07:32:17 PM »
Does anyone have experience with United Healthcare Insurance Company? I understand they consider once a day HIV regimens a specialty medicine. Would like to know what kind of copays they have. Apparently they use OptumRX for specialty medications.

I've only had blue cross in the past and that was before I started hiv treatment. I'm receiving medicine through ADAP right now and am a little nervous about not being able to afford my medicine .

Offline Piscean

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2014, 10:33:01 PM »
I am on a United Healthcare plan through my employer. I take Striblid and, yes I have to order through OptumRx. This is a recent change. Prior to July 1, I could use the Walgreen's Specialty located in the same building as my physician.  OptumRx is hit or miss service wise.  At times it is almost like dealing with an off shore call center.

My copay is $60 per 30 day supply. OptumRx does not provide 90 day refills. In their favor, they do accept my Gilead co-pay card which covers the entire co-pay making my out of pocket cost $0.

Please note that this is all dependent on which UHC plan in which you are enrolled. Your mileage my vary.

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2014, 10:44:21 PM »
Thanks for your reply. I read that my copay through optumrx will be a maximum of $100 per 30 day supply. I think atripla will assist up to $1200 per year so it should work out OK. Now to worry about my doctor visits and lab work copays.

Offline marcmoral16

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2014, 01:32:59 AM »
Like piscina said you should apply for the Gilead Co-Pay assist card. You will pay nothing out of pocket they cover I believe upto 240 a month. Just have to register for it pretty simple. Atripla, Complera and Stribild all use the Gilead card.

I too have United Healthcare through employer and I get to go to the pharmacy of my choosing. I guess it depends what the employer chooses. My copay is $40 but the copay assist card wipes that out.
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May CD4 255 12% VL 334
June CD4 284 15% VL 172
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October CD4 341 23% VL UD!!
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Offline watl

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2014, 02:28:42 PM »
Probably a dumb question but is there a certain income level where co-pay assistance is not available?

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2014, 03:03:00 PM »
As for income, I don't think so. I called the Gilead copay assistance number today and they went ahead and signed me up. Gave me a plan number, bin number, and member number.  They told me as long as I want getting medication through government assistance (ie, Medicaid) that the card would cover up to $400 copay each month.

They did not ask me about my income at all.

Offline watl

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2014, 03:13:10 PM »
Wow that is great. Thank niceguy!

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2014, 05:11:03 AM »

They told me as long as I want getting medication through government assistance (ie, Medicaid) that the card would cover up to $400 copay each month.

They did not ask me about my income at all.


They don't ask about your income because that's already taken care of by the fact that you are on a form of government assistance. It's already assumed that you are below a certain income threshold.

It may be different for people with high(er) salaries who do not require programs like Medicaid.
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Offline vertigo

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2014, 06:55:39 AM »
The manufacturer co-pay assistance programs do not look at income.  You just need to be on private insurance to qualify.  You can make a lot or a little -- doesn't matter.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2014, 06:58:15 AM by vertigo »

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2014, 07:41:27 AM »
I meant to say wasn't . I'm not on a government assistance program. They still don't look at income.

Offline marcmoral16

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2014, 10:10:18 PM »
They don't ask about your income because that's already taken care of by the fact that you are on a form of government assistance. It's already assumed that you are below a certain income threshold.

It may be different for people with high(er) salaries who do not require programs like Medicaid.

I'm not on any government assistance programs. I do have a job that pays well they did not ask a single question about income.
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Started Complera Feb 2013
March CD4 199 9% VL 1000
May CD4 255 12% VL 334
June CD4 284 15% VL 172
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July CD4 325 22% VL 51
October CD4 341 23% VL UD!!
Jan 2014 CD4 343 20% VL <20
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Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2014, 01:22:40 AM »
FYI the number for Atripla copay assistance is
 1-866-290-4767
 I called a generic Gilead number and was asked which medication I was taking.
 1-866-664-5327

Offline watl

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2014, 07:32:19 PM »
I just went to Gilead's website and signed up for their co-pay assistance. To do that go to www.gileadcopay.com and click enroll. No questions are asked about income and you can get the card immediately by printing it out or saving it to your phone. It took me about 2 minutes total. Be warned That it does require that you give an address as a paper card will also be mailed to you.

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2014, 10:17:40 PM »
Good job. Congrats!

Offline watl

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2014, 09:53:41 AM »
Thank you again for your help. I appreciate it.

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2014, 10:26:27 AM »
You're welcome. I just hope other people who are struggling with copays will find this resource.

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2014, 10:16:07 AM »
Finally got my first script filled. $100 copay for 30 Day supply. Gilead copay assistance covered the whole amount. The only issue I had was that copay assistance only works for 30 Day supply at a time.  The specialty pharmacy set me up to email and remind me when it's time to refill.

Offline ARMANDO

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2014, 06:33:03 AM »
after the first month you might start getting a 90 day supply for a co -pay of 100.00,at least thats what cvs speciality did with me and the c0-pay assistance cards took care of that!!

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2014, 07:36:27 AM »
Great.  I will have to check into that.

Offline mikejh

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2014, 09:42:46 PM »
Hi
You can get 90 day supply of Atripla from optum RX or from a private pharmacy that are approved for 90 day supply as long as your doctor write a 90 day supply on your prescription.
I have united healthcare and got a 90 day from optum RX  last year, this year I have the same insurance but moved to a private pharmacy because optum RX are difficult to deal with.
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1   Dec 06  258   13
25 Jan  07  263   14
1   May 07  403   18
6   Aug 07  438   22
7   Nov 07  417   19
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Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: United Healthcare Insurance
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2014, 10:19:51 PM »
I think the issue was the copay card not covering a 90 day supply. The insurance company said that they would cover up to 400 per month but not a 90 day supply. Works out OK because they call to remind me every month and I pay $0 out of pocket.

 


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