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Re: [IP] Medicare B and insulin



 Thx, Shirley. No Walgreens closer but there is a Target. I will give them a
try. I appreciate the tip.

Annie Wall
Sent from my iPad

 > On Aug 28, 2015, at 7:44 PM, SM Beggs
<email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
> 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
>> Medicare
>> issue with insulin.
>> 
>> I have traditional M'care and pay $0 for insulin (after my Part B
>> deductible.).
>> I had a terrible time finding a pharmacy willing to bill Part B. None of
>> the
>> local pharmacies (all of whom are chain pharmacies) would bill Part B and
>> all
>> claimed their contracts would not let them. Finally, Wegmans (pharmacy
>> within
>> the grocery store) said that they'd bill Part B so I got a three month
>> supply
>> through them.
>> 
>> I thought my journey was over. However, when it was time for a refill,
>> they
>> 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
>> from
>> 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
>> calls,
>> emails, (and angry tears), I found a Walgreens 45 minutes away. Of course
>> that
>> 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
>> the
>> next step since I'm not appealing anything and am getting my insulin under
>> Part
>> B but would like to get it closer to home.
>> 
>> What words of advice would you have, Pam Brown? No rush since you've
>> already
>> done so much for us recently, but when you have the time, you might be
>> helping
>> me and others who have the same struggle.
>> 
>> Thank you.
>> 
>> Annie Wall
>> Sent from my iPad
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