Re: [IP] Medicare B and insulin
Annie - one of the things I found out was that the pharmacist at
Walgreens didn't necessarily understand the billing through Part B. In
fact, I called the special Walgreen's Medicare Part B 800 phone number and
talked to a representative. Very helpful and she worked with my local
Walgreens to make certain the billing was set up correcting through Part B
and my supplement. I have traditional Medicare with a supplement so I have
no co-pay. If you do have a Walgreen's that is closer maybe they can
get it set up with the help from their Medicare person. Also, I
understand that Target will bill Part B although I have never tried that
and you may not have one near you. And Pam is awesome with
her incredible help in this!
Shirley, dx age 5, 1954; Animas PING
On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 4:28 PM, Annie Wall <
email @ redacted> wrote:
> Pam Brown, I appreciate your knowledge and follow-through. Thank you!
> I'm especially interested in the research you just did regarding this
> issue with insulin.
> I have traditional M'care and pay $0 for insulin (after my Part B
> I had a terrible time finding a pharmacy willing to bill Part B. None of
> local pharmacies (all of whom are chain pharmacies) would bill Part B and
> claimed their contracts would not let them. Finally, Wegmans (pharmacy
> the grocery store) said that they'd bill Part B so I got a three month
> through them.
> I thought my journey was over. However, when it was time for a refill,
> said they would no longer bill Part B because it was too expensive for them
> since they were charged more for the insulin than they received as payment
> Medicare. I get that, why should they lose money to provide a medication
> for a
> client? However, I still had to find a supplier. After many, many phone
> emails, (and angry tears), I found a Walgreens 45 minutes away. Of course
> means, twice that amount of time for the pharmacy visit and the round trip.
> Incidentally, during this entire journey, calling Medicare was a total
> waste of
> time. They knew nothing about insulin and Part B. It was very frustrating
> but I
> would much prefer to obtain my insulin locally.
> I would like to take this further with Medicare and wonder how you take
> next step since I'm not appealing anything and am getting my insulin under
> B but would like to get it closer to home.
> What words of advice would you have, Pam Brown? No rush since you've
> done so much for us recently, but when you have the time, you might be
> me and others who have the same struggle.
> Thank you.
> Annie Wall
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