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How do I get prescribed medication without a job?

I have a good job, here in FL, as an Office Manager. I am trying to plan a move to CA and do not have a job there, nor am I sure how long it will take me to land a job there. I take a prescribed medication for MS and will, of course, have to continue taking it. This is where my questions come in. Were I not taking it I would just pack up and go and land a job with insurance as soon as I could. But I cannot do that - I need to make sure I have a way to get the medication (Avonex) coming to me seamlessly, without break. I am a 38 yr old F. Does anyone know what the steps are that I need to take right now? I suspect it must have something to do with Medicare but I have never applied for things like that and have no idea what it consists of. First of all, I imagine I cannot apply for that until I have moved to CA and have no job. In other words, I could not go tomorrow, here, and apply for Medicare when I am employed here, right? Also, is Medicare guaranteed to cover this for me? Thx

Asked By: Florida w/ Questions - 6/20/2007
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Perhaps your local social services (welfare) office would help.
Answered By: bgee2001ca - 6/20/2007
Additional Answers (15)
see doc
Answered By: dietzel362000 - 6/20/2007
 
Why don't you have your current prescribing doctor give you refills that will hold you over until you get new insurance? That's what most people do when they move.
Answered By: btokatsh - 6/20/2007
 
Check the doctor or the company who makes it. Especially since its for MS> The company may be willing to give it free. I'm a nurse by the way.
Answered By: Becky - 6/20/2007
 
There should be no trouble in getting the medication. You will just have to pay out of pocket with no insurance to help you. Let your doctor know your plans and he or she can make sure you are given a prescription to take with you and have filled as needed in CA. Good luck!
Answered By: silvertonguedbard - 6/20/2007
 
If you go to the emergency room in any hospital they will have a Dr see you. Explain your situation to that Dr.
Answered By: J B - 6/20/2007
 
have a look at this website maybe they will be able to help u out https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php
Answered By: Bama Gurl - 6/20/2007
 
Take out the maximum amount of medication you can while you still have benefits. When I left my last job for my new one, I lost my benefits and had to wait for the new ones to kick in. The pharmacy dispensed 4 months worth with only my request. Every state and medication is different in the amount that can be issued... More
Answered By: chriztina9876 - 6/20/2007
 
Check out the county hospital.
Answered By: Tim B - 6/20/2007
 
Well if you are in central florida which you didn't say which part of Florida you are in....but I don't know when you are leaving either. But Sheperd's Hope may help it is out of St. Lukes Church in Orlando. They may be able to direct you in the right direction. They help people without health insurance. Check your... More
Answered By: sandy j - 6/20/2007
 
Welcome to the cold cruel world. Life aint fair... More
Answered By: Al M - 6/20/2007
 
Don't know if this helps, but there's a program called COBRA that allows you to continue your job benefits after you quit. But you have to pay much higher premiums.
Answered By: Farly the Seer - 6/20/2007
 
My suggestion is get the job first, then move... More
Answered By: Larry R - 6/20/2007
 
First, get the largest Rx you can before you leave. A lot of insurance plans will give you 3 months at a time through the mail. Also, some insurance will give you a "goodbye" allowance for a couple of months of your prescription. Get however much you can before you leave your job... More
Answered By: Hope4 - 6/20/2007
 
I doubt that you mean Medicare. Medicare is for the disabled and people over sixty five. You must mean Medicaid. Which would take more time than you would have to ensure not having break in care and access to the medication free. You are under the impression that meds and healthcare is a right in this country. It is... More
Answered By: tlbrown42000 - 6/20/2007
 
You can go on COBRA when you are not working- same insurance you had with you past employer- higher cost... More
Answered By: lor - 6/20/2007
 
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