We appreciate your suggestions and what we are asking for is kind of short term help. $300 would help us cover this month’s insulin on our present prescription drug insurance and the first month of next year with our new insurance program’s annual deductions. That is it. After that Mommy can handle everything. Can you imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have the government’s “extra help”?
Mommy has researched insulin help for several years. There is none if you are already insured. That’s the catch. We have insurance, so there is no help. Crazy, isn’t it? If you live on a fixed income and are anywhere above the poverty line you do not qualify for medical assistance from the county or state, and all the inexpensive or free help for insulin is for people without insurance. Mommy calls that “catch 21” I think. Or “22”. Or something. I forget. Peoples have weird words sometimes!
Medical Advantage plans—that is what she was on last year, and it got to be way too expensive, if you can believe that. Mommy had to drop it. She investigated the SilverScript prescription plan, but oddly enough they don’t cover the type of insulin she takes at all. Her regular medical insurance has been really great and we are keeping it. The new prescription drug plan (after she pays the annual deduction) sounds like a better plan for her medicines. The “extra help” takes a chunk out of that, thank goodness!
Mommy has been an advocate of help for diabetics, and now senior diabetic assistance, for years. Write your congresspersons. Call them (Mommy has!). Our congresspersons have been working on a plan to close that “donut hole” or at least make it not so big a hole. We wish the major insulin makers would allow generic ones that would cost less. But that would cut drastically into their profits! So, insulin remains a big expense for diabetics. All the other medications she takes ARE generic, thank Cod.
I do have to tell you that Mommy fell yesterday and couldn’t get up right away. She wishes she had a wheel chair or even a walker she could occasionally sit in. But she doesn’t. She has balance problems. I was so upset when she fell and tried so many times to get up. I couldn’t help. After a long time she did make it up. She was shaken and found some place to sit down right away. Today she kind of hurts all over.
Oddly enough during the time she was on the floor yesterday her phone rang (nowhere near her) and she found out later that it was the pharmacy wondering if she had figured stuff out, cause this month’s insulin is sitting at the pharmacy waiting for her. I think she is getting kind of unsteady on her feet and should have help. We’ll see. Something to work on next year.
Pleasant stuff: Uh, its cold out and we are nice and warm? That really is a big help in Minnesota in the winter! We are nice and warm. Mommy actually has a fan turned on lots of time! I heard that her last apartment was very cold in the wintertime. So she is really happy she found this place. It is comfy! I would have to agree! Sometimes our toes are cold, but there are warm things to sit on!
Mommy laughs at me cause I sit in “her” new living room chair a lot. But it is MY chair, right? I thought so. She has the office chair! She can get a wheel chair or a walker she can sit in. I love my chair. It is sooo comfy. So there! Get me a cat tree! Then maybe I’ll let you sit in the chair more. Oh, I know. We can’t afford it. As Nissy would say, Mouses! My boxes are not that comfy, but at least they exist!
We have the bug guys from maintenance coming this week. We are so glad they try to keep up with any problems and do preventative care, too.
Mommy does have to go to the clinic this week to see her diabetic nurse, who is trying to see if they have any samples of insulin Mommy can have. It would only be about a week’s worth, maybe, but a help!
Whew. I had a lot to say for a kitty, didn’t I!
Have a good week, and keep warm.