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Offline Palliate

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Medicare coverage
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:43:48 am »
I'm 63 y/o, poz for 6 years, undetectable since spring of 2014. I did have a very low detectable count in October, but we think it was a fluke.

My question: it has been in the news, that Trump wants to deny treatment to Medicare patients. What do you know about the current standing of this? I'm supposed to go on Medicare in September 2020. What will I do if Medicare coverage for HIV treatment is denied?
Infected Spring 2012
Seroconverted probably in June 2012
POZ test 10/22/12
CD4 549 VL 171,000+ as of 11/09/12
Started Atripla 11/28/12

Offline MitchMiller

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Re: Medicare coverage
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 12:27:59 am »
I'm not sure where you got the idea Trump would deny treatment to HIV+ patients on  Medicare.  The reality is that HHS has proposed allowing companies selling Medicare Part D policies to exclude some HIV drugs from their formularies.  You may remember that some pharmacy benefit manager companies excluded Gilead's Hep C drug due to its price, but did make a cheaper competitor's drug available.  It's likely that at least one drug of a particular class would be required to be available.  Another proposed change is to require prior authorization before a patient can be prescribed a more expensive medication than the one currently prescribed.  The patient may be required to try cheaper drugs first (step therapy).  My private health insurer (United Healthcare) uses step therapy for HIV drugs as part of my Obamacare plan.

I'm 62 and am patiently looking forward to Medicare.  I'm not really concerned about these changes, although all of my medications are now generic, so I'm certain they will be covered by all Part D plans.

« Last Edit: January 02, 2019, 12:32:18 am by MitchMiller »

Offline leatherman

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Re: Medicare coverage
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 06:36:39 am »
thank goodness, what the POTUS might want to do and what law/budget Congress will pass are vastly different things.  ;)

As to what you can do: If you didn't vote for a candidate who is actually for continuing Medicare or for universal health care, then you're in luck as another election will be coming up in 2020. You can also pester, I mean advocate :D to, your local state and federal legislators to pass laws upholding Medicare.

I'm not sure where you got the idea Trump would deny treatment to HIV+ patients on  Medicare.
I'm not really concerned about these changes, although all of my medications are now generic, so I'm certain they will be covered by all Part D plans.

In 25 yrs of meds with nearly 2 decades of that time using Medicare and Medicaid, I've never been on generics and I have always been deeply concerned about any proposed change or real change to HIV treatment and access to health care. I'm a firm believer that without constant advocacy for access to health care and for the Ryan White Care Act that people living with HIV are always in danger of losing our health care.

We've already seen this administration steal RW monies to pay for kidnapping and holding immigrant children and families, along with cure research funding being cut. Many people living with HIV rely on Medicare and Medicaid and we should always be concerned about what could happen to these programs as these programs provide health care, meds, and a better life (if not life itself thanks to the treatment) to thousands and thousands of PLWH
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

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