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Author Topic: Reconnecting and SPBP  (Read 3715 times)

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Offline bear60

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Reconnecting and SPBP
« on: March 23, 2013, 02:42:16 PM »
I kind of left a few months ago as I had to get with the program and start COMPLERA.
I went into a classic delay and procrastinate mode.
Finally bit the bullet and with shaking hand filled out the ADAP form for the SPECIAL PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS PROGRAM.  I had convinced myself that I was going to be turned down and I would quickly go through my meager funds, becoming bankrupt.
My co-pay for Complera, on Part D of Medicare was to be 500.00 dollars a month.  So I really needed to get ADAP.
 I applied about March 14th and today I got my SPBP card and I pick up the COMPLERA on Monday.  They pick up all the cost Medicare does not cover. So, no copay.
Just want to say....the SPBP application process was smooth and quick.  All my panic and fears for nothing.  Pennsylvania is a pretty good state to get sick in.
I see Dennis is taking COMPLERA, so give us a review.
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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 02:49:11 PM »
Great news Bear ... That has to be a tremendous relief to have this settled .
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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 02:57:51 PM »
That's good news, Joel -- been meaning to call to see if you'd bitten the bullet after our last drink together. I had no idea that you weren't already set up with ADAP/SPBP or I'd said you definitely would be quickly approved. Good luck on Monday and when the dust settles let's get together again.
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Offline bear60

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2013, 03:38:23 PM »
Thanks David.  I appreciate your encouragement.  See...what happeded is this:  I used to make too much money to be on SPBP.  Now that I am retired, my income was almost elminated because I was self employed. I now live on Social Security mostly. But I wasnt sure if I'd get approved.  Got it?
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Offline denb45

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 08:07:51 PM »
Great news Joel   ;)  Yeah I hear ya, my  COMPLERA is $250, guess BCBS thought I was poor enough to get it for that price w/ a small co-pay, guess that go by my income level.....dunno  :-\

Yeah it's only been day 2, so yeah I'll give you a review, the one thing I noticed
right off the bat, was no acid reflux, no bloating, no diarrhea

I now have solid stools, I haven't have those in yrs.  :D

( I don't look like a pregnant 56 yr old man anymore)  ;D

I'm kinda jittery and do fly off the handle more, but, I've been moving

into our new place, so, well you know how that is  :o

also no gas and food digests a heck of a lot better, all of this in just 2 days

I'm stoked  8)


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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2013, 05:55:54 AM »
Hi Joel,

Glad you got started on your meds and don't have to go bankrupt having to pay for them.  Though I don't take Complera myself (I'm on Stribild), I have several clients who do and they all seem to tolerate it well.  Good luck!  :-*

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Offline wolfter

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2013, 09:07:26 PM »
All positive news...congrats!

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2013, 03:02:46 PM »
Hey Joel

Glad you were able to get in the program, and will be able to get your meds.   Those hoops we constantly have to jump through get higher, and smaller every year.

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Offline bear60

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2013, 10:24:29 AM »
Alan....yup, anD TO MAKE IT WORSE, every 6 months I have to reapply, as in I am up for elimination.
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Offline jm1953

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013, 08:24:13 PM »
Great news.  Makes my tentative plan to move to Philadelphia even better.  I have a friend who teaches at U of Penn and he has several colleagues in the HIV field there.  As you said, sounds like a good place to be with this virus.  I get no services where I live, but pretty good care for the most part.  Glad things are working out for you.


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Offline aztecan

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2013, 11:40:47 PM »
Hey Joel,

Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I am really glad the meds have worked out and so has the program to help cover the costs.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me!


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Offline MarcoPoz

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Re: Reconnecting and SPBP
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 04:34:31 PM »
Solid stools are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!


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