The joys of HSA.
The first 7 years of Gleevec brought the January gift of maxing out the yearly deductible from the HSA. Then, in 2016, the Novartis co-pay card paid for that big hit. It gave my HSA a reprieve for a year to try get it's feet back under it.
Now, my insurance company (Thanks United Healthcare!) will not do business with Novartis, and requires me to use a generic. Their current choice is Apotex. Apotex has a copay card as well. They will contribute $700 towards the cost! (I guess that is better than what Novartis helped out the first seven years...). Except that they won't work with my prescription. I take 4x100 mg (2 in the morning, 2 in the evening). They refuse to pay anything because the view 120 pills as a 4 month supply, and will not contribute to anything more than a 3 month supply. I am out of pills in two days. We have been going around and around with Briova (aka UnitedHealthcare Specialty Pharmacy) for about 10 days.
I will probably end up paying for it all out of my pocket. And then, I will drop my dosage back to 3 a day for a couple days each week so I can skip two prescriptions towards the end of the year. That should take about $10,000 out of their pocket.
Oh well, just another day!
One thing about the HSA account- I had a decent balance before the diagnosis, and with the red-hot stock market I have been able to hang in there. I put the max into the account each year, the drug companies take the max out each year, and the balance just sort of hovers.