Major drug chains, Walgreens and Rite Aid announced they will fill prescriptions this month for anyone signed up for Obamacare but not charge them until their new card comes through.
In Wichita Falls, community pharmacies say they're bracing themselves for what's to come as folks who need to fill their prescriptions may not be insured by the new Affordable Care Act.
Janet Beard, owner and pharmacist at Harvest Drug and Gift, says their pharmacy association made them aware that up to 20 million Americans across the U.S. will not be covered by the Affordable Care Act and will not know it until they walk into a pharmacy.
However, Beard says there are ways people who walk into their pharmacy will be able to walk out with the medication they need.
"Don't skip a dose just because you don't know what to do," Beard exclaims.
She says there are ways to assist those who have not yet enrolled in Obamacare.
"You can either buy just a day or two worth of medication if you think your insurance is going to start working in a day or two and check back with your insurance agent," Beard says. "Sometimes you can purchase the medication and we can give you a form where you can mail it in and get your money back from your insurance company. And, sometimes it may be a nice $4 prescription that you can just go ahead and pay for. It might be cheaper than even using your insurance."
In addition, Beard says they've only dealt with one person whose insurance had not been activated.
She says it's important for people to select the best plan for them out of the many options on Healthcare.gov.
Beard says, "Make sure that you do process what medications you're currently taking and make sure that those are covered by that particular plan and that your doctor and your hospital."
She says every situation will be looked at on a case by case basis and that if any patients have further questions, to their insurance agent or to speak with their local pharmacist.
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