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Thu Aug 25, 2016, 05:46 PM

If You Are on Medicare or Medicaid, You're Ineligible for the Epi-Pen Savings Card.

https://www.activatethecard.com/epipen/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=epi%20pen%20coupon_exact&utm_content=epipen%20cost&utm_campaign=epipen%202015%20-%20branded&gclid=CODSsM_E3c4CFVcRNwodRngAnQ&gclsrc=ds

This happens all the time with so-called Pharmaceutical Coupon Cards. If you're on Medicare, you cannot use them. It sucks. What are those people supposed to do?

Mylan is saying they're lowering the price of Epi-Pens? Huh-uh. They are just perpetuating the scam.

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Reply If You Are on Medicare or Medicaid, You're Ineligible for the Epi-Pen Savings Card. (Original post)
blue neen Aug 2016 OP
KatyaR Aug 2016 #1
uppityperson Aug 2016 #2
blue neen Aug 2016 #3
blue neen Aug 2016 #4
Ruby the Liberal Aug 2016 #5
blue neen Aug 2016 #6
Ruby the Liberal Aug 2016 #7
blue neen Aug 2016 #8

Response to blue neen (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:27 PM

1. Kick.

Because this is ridiculous.

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Response to blue neen (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 06:50 PM

2. It should be free on medicaid and I thought Medicare covered it also. I thought the coupons were for

those without insurance. Am I wrong?

Raising drug prices to make a killing off those for whom it is life and death is very immoral and wrong.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:01 PM

3. If you go to the website at the link,

you can click on your insurance coverage. If it's any type of government-funded insurance, then you are INELIGIBLE for the coupon.

As for Medicare Part D, your coverage can vary depending on what plan you buy. Many Part D plans would have the Epi-Pen as at least a Tier 3, which means a much higher co-pay. Here's the really sticky part for Medicare: The whole cost of the Epi-Pen counts toward the "Doughnut Hole". Once you get into the Doughnut Hole, you pay approx 50% of the cost of the drug until you "spend yourself out". In this instance, that would be $300------AND Medicare users are exclude from using the Mylan Coupon.

Sad but oh, so true. The whole stupid Doughnut Hole thing exists because of George W. Bush----another curse he put upon our country.

Thanks to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, the Doughnut Hole will be phased out by 2020. In the meantime, we must deal with this travesty.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:05 PM

4. I'm not very knowledgable about Medicaid, and the coverage may vary from state to state.

If anyone has concrete info, please feel free to add it.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:19 PM

5. Unfortunately, you are incorrect

Anyone on government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, SCHIP, etc...) doesn't qualify and neither do the uninsured. The coupon scam is only for commercial insurance. Uninsured can qualify for an income based discount program if Mylan approves their financials. The rest pay full price - subsidized by the taxpayers. Thats why they do coupons as opposed to lowering the price.

It keeps the shareholders happy, and the CEO can keep her $18mm (in the case of Mylan) annual check.

Everyone wins.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:27 PM

6. Thank you for including SCHIP and Tricare.

The people who need the help the most are the ones who aren't allowed to use the "Coupon".

It's infuriating!

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Response to blue neen (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:34 PM

7. Those plans may have small copays

where they aren't paying the full price like many commercial (high deductible) plans. Which is why the coupon is bullshit. By keeping the list price high, the government picks up the balance and the taxpayers then subsidize the pharma industry.

You can thank Bush for that -- blocking Medicare (et al) from being able to negotiate drug prices. I also blame the Obama Administration for not addressing this. Maybe the next administration will do something about it.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 07:39 PM

8. Agreed.

It costs us all money in every way.

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