With new social distancing guidelines being released daily, you may find yourself worrying about how you will get your basic needs met including getting your prescriptions filled. Below you will find some basic guidelines and some useful resource links that may be of assistance.
For additional resources regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, please be sure to take a look at the Coronavirus Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired Community page on Blindy Blog.
Initial Steps to Take
If you currently have prescriptions with your pharmacy of choice, start by contacting your pharmacy to see if they have a mail order program that you may transition to. While discussing the mail order programs, be sure to have the pharmacy staff get authorization from your insurance company to ensure that your prescription will be covered.
If your pharmacy does not have a mail order program, next contact your insurance company directly. Some major insurance companies like Kaiser and Blue Cross have mail order prescription programs that you may be eligible to sign up for. If your insurance company does have this type of program, coordinate with your medical professionals to see if they can submit electronic prescriptions directly to your health insurance company.
Request 60 or 90 Day Supplies
As a result of the Coronavirus, many states and insurance companies are allowing for individuals to get more than a 30 day supply of medications in cases where this previously was not permitted. Be sure to check with your medical provider and insurance company to see if your prescriptions are eligible for a larger advanced supply.
Remember to Plan Ahead
Under normal circumstances, mail order prescriptions can take up to 10 business days to be received. You can expect that this time will increase given the current Coronavirus pandemic so be sure to plan ahead.
If you still have questions for ensuring that you are able to get your prescriptions filled, take a look at these additional resources:
Guidelines for Mail Order Prescriptions
Getting an AdvancedPrescription Filled