Mental illness update

Christina here…

I haven’t given you fine folks a mental health/illness update since March 13th, almost three months.

For those of you who don’t know me, here, go read some background.

I’ve been on a combination of Lexapro and Adderall for a few months and am happy to report that this chemistry keeps me mostly in check – I have the odd day now and again, but they work. I no longer spend 20 minutes in my car crying for no reason, frustrated that I can’t stop so I can get out and go see my next client. I’m not sure if things feel more real or if I just don’t care that they don’t feel real anymore, so… eh. I don’t really have many complaints anymore, though I still wish I had more motivation to do things – then again, who doesn’t?

Lexapro is generic now, as is Adderall, which means the drugs are cheap (A 30 day supply of each in name-brand form is about $150 each, and $30 for generic)

Here’s my problem:

A few months ago, my husband’s employer failed (forgot?) to pay the bill for our health insurance, so as of the end of April, I have none.

I tried to get my scripts for Lexapro and Adderall at the pharmacy the other day, and I was told I would have to pay full price for the generics ($150 for generic Lexapro, $60 for Adderall) because for some reason my insurance was not going through.  I paid for the Adderall and already had a 90 day supply of Lexapro, went home, had Chris call the insurance company the next day, where they informed us that our policy had been cancelled due to nonpayment.

If I run out of Lexapro and/or Adderall, I’ll have to pay full price for those things, unless I get new health insurance by then. Plus, I’m not sure if the next insurance company we go with will deny coverage for my existing mental health conditions or deny us outright for coverage.  Insurance companies can still deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions until 2014.  I don’t know if they can still deny coverage for certain pre-existing conditions, while still covering other conditions. What about my husband’s asthma?

Being an adult sucks sometimes.

 

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  • Kevin

    Of course, the “Obamacare” law prohibits denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

    So, you’ll have to wait until the Supremes get done with their musings to know for sure whether this is a problem or not.

    My guess is “not” by a 5-4 ruling — but I’ve never been very good at Supreme Court math.

    I hope it works out for you in any event.

  • Roving Rockhound, collector of dirt

    That really sucks.

    Could you switch to Celexa? They are not exactly the same (I believe Celexa has both mirror molecules and Lexapro only one), but it might be an option. It’s $4 at Kroger’s.


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