I just turned 65 Jan 1 and my Medicare part A & part B was effective Dec 1, 2012. Plus we have 2ndary Blue Cross Retiree UAW, that we pay a premium for, plus we pay cobra for Dental and Optical.
What I wanted to say I called LLS about helping with premiums they sent me a form to sign and I faxed it back to them, it is pretty cool and easy as it as a bar scan on it.. Then I faxed them all our income and 1099 just about everything you would for the IRS. We qualified for them to pay $500.00 on my premiums insurance. So they sent me a check for the $99.90 I think was part B for Dec 2012. Yesterday I received a check from LLS for $314.00 something like that for Medicare Part B for Jan, Feb, Mar, So that should leave with less then $100.00 from the $500.00 that I will send in for April. I don't know what you would qualify for or if you have went that route, yet.
Our Secondary Insurance still covers are prescriptions, my card says Express Script, but they tell me it is still a merge with Medco, Express Script Medicare. Last fall I called the UAW and Blue Cross and Medicare several times trying to understand it all. I was confused in that it said Express Script Medicare, I said what does it have to do with Medicare when we have our prescription thru Blue Cross UAW, The way it was explained to me, is most people on Medicare pay the drug deduction and then they pay the donut whole. Well is so happen the UAW pick up the cost of the Medicare drug deduct and donut whole. Now will that change I don't know. But to complicate it more, there is now a Blue Cross Medicare Advantage, which I got a zillion call to take. The first year they give you some freebees. However I called the UAW and they said most UAW RETIREE were choosing to keep their Blue Cross Retiree. I told her I had a pre existing condition and the cost of Gleevec. She hesitated to go further but said The Blue Cross Medicare Advantage could have a different set of doctors under a different contract.
I think they like to keep it complicated.
Anyhow I just received my Gleevec, ( for the last 2 or 3 years have only been allowed to get 30 day supplies instead of 90, bummer) Anyhow my monthly cost only went up $2.00 for a total of $22.00. The $22.00 went thru my checking account as Medico.
So for the moment I am fortunate, but for how long, who knows? The insurance will not want to keep up the cost forever, they keep trying to find loop whole, like the pressure to change to a different plan, by offering freebee the first year. They make Blue Cross Medicare Advantage and Blue Cross UAW sound the same, but it is not, that is the way I got it from the UAW, she really didn't want to say to much, but I pretty much got what I needed.
Did I hear you say, "in 2 weeks, you may be switching to another drug"??
Best Wishes, PamSouth