Okay so it's been a while. Apparently 10 months since i started this new medicine. It works and it doesn't. But i just moved and I'm not paying more than i was before for medicine and i don't have insurance. So what do i do about a doctor? I'm in a different state entirely...
When I moved I went on the healthcare .gov website and they listed all the insurance plans that covered my medication but also told me that I was qualified for state medical. Try to start there. They also tell you if you qualify for a subsidy for insurance if you do not qualify for state insurance. It can really help.
You may want to Start by going to your County Human Services . Find a the right service that deals with the State Medical Insurance and get signed up ( unless you have insurance through your job )… Another thing you could do, is get advice from the Epilepsy Foundation in your state.
When you have your insurance, you can then go through the Dr.”s and clinics, that are available through the insurance.
Well I hope this was the information you were looking for.
@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member , I highly recommend you contact your local Epilepsy Foundation & let them know you don’t have any insurance & of your situation & ask if they can help you. I don’t have any insurance right now either & am getting my Depakote through my local Epilepsy Foundation & am still in contact with my regular Neurologist being that apparently I lucked out & my Neurologist volunteers with our Epilepsy Foundation & so I still get to use her. I tried to get insurance earlier this year but someone at healthcare.gov told me my premiums would be higher because I didn’t work last year. They suggested trying Medicaid but they said I didn’t qualify. In June 2019 I was let go from a fast food burger place when I was experiencing awful shaking episodes & had turned in a couple doctor notes & then the new manager said she didn’t know when I would be back & she needed to fill that spot. Then about July 2019 I started these uncontrollable verbal tics where I say or holler words, names or humming or moaning noises uncontrollably & I’ve had them since. So I haven’t worked. I’m using a law firm my local Epilepsy Foundation recommended to try & get disability & I’ve been denied twice & so now I’ll have to go before a Judge probably using the video thing. Anyways, as for other ways to help with money to see doctors & get your medicine, you could see if a family clinic is available for limited income people. There’s one here & I only had to pay $20 dollars to see their Family doctor compared to going to see my Family doctor & without having any insurance I had to put $50 dollars down & they’d let me know later how much else I may owe cause it would depend on my meeting with the doctor. I had to see my regular family doctor the other day so she could fill out my disability paperwork. But your Epilepsy Foundation is there to help you, that’s what they’re there for & I’m using it. I stay in contact with the Social Services director & she’s helpful. Give it a try. Just go to Google & look it up. My Vimpat is so expensive I get it through Vimpat’s Patient Assistance Program for free. You have to apply for that on Vimpat’s website. Sometimes manufacturers of medications will help you like I think the Depakote manufacturer did a few years ago. But try your local Epilepsy Foundation first. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. Good luck. Your friend in Texas, Becky
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