How do copays affect the decisions you or your family make about your healthcare and your budget?
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Please tell us how some or all of these changes affect you, your family, or your community. I am on physically disabled, and on SSI. I cannot work part or full time, due to various limitations. My SSI stipend comes out to $771 a month. I make no additional monies, due to previously aforementioned disability. A $3 copay doesn’t sound like much to those who have the means, but it’s an enormous sum to those who have very little, like myself. This month alone, I had 7 different doctors appointments. I also had 2 sessions of physical therapy, per week, for severe arthritis in my knees. I cannot get injections to treat the arthritis until I have completed enough PT. At $3 a pop, that comes out to $45 this month alone. If my pharmacy charged for my medications, I would have owed an additional $48, for a total of $93. That’s $93 that cannot be used towards rent, gas, utilities, or food. That leaves me $678 to survive on for the entire month, which is better than some have, but is not adequate to live on. By contrast, the poverty threshold for a single person is $12,490/year ($1,040.83/month.) Imagine what your policy will do to people with more complicated disabilities than my own. By attempting to squeeze blood from turnips, the Bevin administration will put people out on the streets, in jails, or in institutions due to jeopardizing their healthcare, their medications, or their ability to keep a roof over their heads.