I had no where to turn and needed medicine to breathe! No insurance and very little income. I was told about Health Well and applied. They paid for my expensive breathing medicine for a whole year. What a blessing! During that year my life got better in all respects. I have shared my story and information of this organization with my Dr and others! Thank you for being there for me Health Well!
I am happy to share my ‘story’ of involvement with the HealthWell Foundation.
During my regular six month general wellness check with my primary physician (September, 2017), the labs that preceded that check-up showed some irregularities. My liver enzymes were sky high. I participate in a patient portal from my doctor’s office so I saw the lab results before I saw him.
Yes, we enjoy our wine with dinner and sometimes a ‘happy hour’ drink, so I immediately thought I had been drinking too much alcohol. When I went to the doctor, I told him I wanted to abstain from alcohol for a period of time and have the labs redone. Five weeks later the liver enzymes were even higher. I had not consumed a drop of alcohol during those five weeks.
My doctor ran some other labs and it showed a diagnosis of Hepatitis C virus. Yes, I’ve seen the commercials and I am clearly a ‘baby boomer’. I was born in 1947. I’m sure a lot of people would say this but I honestly never used intravenous narcotics, I have never received a transfusion or had any transplant surgery. I don’t recall ever being in any blood to blood risky situation. My primary doctor and the GI (Gastro-Intestinal) specialist both told me that is often the case. We just don’t know when or how. But! There is was (I love using the past tense!).
I had an ultrasound and fortunately, through the great work of my doctor, it was early enough that there was no organ damage.
I made an appointment with the GI specialist and the process began.
I was assured that with a new medicine, Epclusa, the cure rate with one pill per day was 96%-99%. The treatment consisted of three months of the one pill per day. It could cause some side effects, but I had none. There are many caveats about consistency issues, etc. and possible other interactions and I followed them faithfully. Twelve weeks later, labs showed no HCV detected. I had to wait another three months to be sure. I was released from treatment because I was cured.
So, where does HealthWell come in? The twelve month treatment cost would have been over $70,000. For a fixed income person and a retired educator, it was absolutely prohibitive. The staff at the specialist’s office intervened with my insurance plan (a Plan D I have with a Medicare supplement), it would have brought the cost down to around $12,000. That was still a very difficult thing for us. Along came HealthWell, working with the pharmacy involved, and a grant from them reduced my personal co-pay to $0!
I gratefully and sincerely consider the Foundation part of my lifesaving cure. I will be forever grateful to them.
Leonard E. Sagenbrecht
Healthwell Foundation has been such an amazing organization to work with for the last 3 years. As a ‘middle-class’ single mom, I do not qualify for any public assistance to help pay for my daughters Type 1 Diabetes supplies (Dexcom CGM). Healthwell Foundation has bridged the gap between what I can afford and what my insurance carrier will pay. Once I provided the diabetes supply company a copy of my approval letter, they notated my account and all I must do now is submit my EOB and invoice to Healthwell Foundation and Healthwell Foundation takes care of the rest. I missed the deadline to submit my income verification and they still processed my renewal. I’ve never been one to ask for help from anyone, even my family. I work hard and try to do things on my own. But, Healthwell Foundation has become like family. It’s coming up on my daughter, Karis’ 3 year ‘diaversary’ and she has been able to live a much more ‘normal’ life thanks to HWF. She doesn’t have holes in her fingers from needle pokes. I can travel for work and not worry about how her diabetes is doing because with Dexcom, I get notified on my phone the same as Karis gets notified with her phone and watch. It takes a village to raise a child and I am grateful that HWF is in my village. I can’t do it on my own, but I can do it with HWF there to help lighten the load a little bit.
Nothing but a battle to get co-pays paid. Payments are either paid very quickly or very late. I had to really keep up on it which stressed me out even more making my hives flare up. I either had to call or email complaining to get the payments made. I have saved all my emails that I sent. It just seems to me if they did not want to pay for me why approve me?
Review from Guidestar
Our healthcare system is broken, yet people still get sick and millions upon millions of people need help when they do. From the neediest of the neediest to even the upper middle class can sometimes not afford to get sick, yet they do, often enough at the worst possible times, it seems. Having someone to turn to when we can't afford our prescriptions is an incredible blessing, and that's precisely where Healthwell steps in. They provide substantial support to pay for those prescriptions when our insurance runs out, when the insurance company won't approve a particular medicine, or when the sick just can't afford another dollar's expense in their already strained budgets.
I see this happening up close and personal. How? Because my wife is on the Board of this non-profit, and has been since its very beginning. No, it's not perfect, but what is? Still, when you're in need, isn't it great to have a possible solution that can help you get better?