…or TLC’s new TV show “Diabetes Hoarders.”
We learned this spring that we might be losing our current health care provider and forced to switch from an HMO to a PPO. That change would mean hitting our wallets on several levels, choosing which kid’s health condition we should try to cover in case of hospitalization, and not having a single local provider that was contracted at the Tier 1 level. Not a single local provider!!
Regardless of which insurance plan we chose, we knew that July 1st we would have a different prescription provider. Currently we fill all of our prescriptions at Walgreen’s because they are 24 hours and they know me and work with me to get the prescriptions we need. This new provider does not allow members to use Walgreen’s for “maintenance” prescriptions, meaning you can’t get a three month supply. For maintenance prescriptions we will have to use another pharmacy, none of which are proximate to our home or work, are open 24 hours, or have easy to use online prescription management. (Maybe they keeps costs down by making it hard to actually fill your prescriptions.)
What also worried me about the change was not knowing if Q’s prescriptions would be covered immediately and without hassle.
Our endocrinologist is out of state, something for which we need an override.
Our prescriptions are for testing 10 times a day, something for which we need an override.
Will we need new prescriptions written? Will we need overrides? Will they even cover blood ketone strips? (Some don’t.)
So what does a D-Mom do?
She begins hoarding.
That’s right, I have been filling every prescription the second it could be filled regardless if my stock was dwindling or not.
So in the event of a zombie apocalypse (or really sucky prescription coverage), I think I have enough supplies to last until we can drive to Vermont.*
*I Am Legend reference, a book which is part of my 2:00 AM Book Club reading.