Below is a post I made in another thread 23 days ago. Today is my follow up-
For the Veterans out there, you may be able to run your meds through the VA Health System. I’m working on that now, to include my Xtandi. It’s still in process and I’m having to jump through hoops, but I have hope it’ll all work out.
I’m a Cold War Vet (76-79) and never thought I’d be eligible. However, Vet friends of mine encouraged me to apply. And “Whoa, Look Out Bobby”, low and behold, I’m accepted. I have to pay co-pays (due to wife’s income), but they’re ridiculously inexpensive compared to Medicare/private insurance. I now have VA Primary care doc and a Urologist who’s working with me to get oncologic drugs through the VA. So far my experience has been 2 Thumbs up. So you vets out there, give it a shot.
My first round attempting to get VA coverage for my Xtandi failed. The pharmacist cited criteria was not met. Essentially, in my case, there just wasn't enough documentation yet in my VA file. This was due to my recent acceptance into the VA system and a change of non-VA oncologist.
My advocate (and new bestest friend) the VA urologist suggested I dig up other office notes, etc. to show what treatments I've done. And I did. These additional office notes from my prior oncologist in Los Alamos\Albuquerque were submitted to VA doc who then appealed the original non-criteria decision. In took a bit of time and perseverance but 2 1/2 weeks later, I'm in!!! Woo-whoo! First fill in the mail now. I'm not sure of my co-pay yet, but I'll update that when the bill arrives.
I hope this provides some encouragement tfor Vets to sign up for VA health benefits and to get help with your meds. You can sign up on-line and all you need is a DD-214 and last income tax filing.