I heard they were going to "help with the opioid crisis" but now that I have read this article I don't see how this is going to help. If someone is abusing their pain meds, they are going to abuse 7 days worth or 30 days worth. Also people that are in pain and need the med to function in life may not have transportation to get their medication every week. All these restrictions are making it harder for people like us to get some relief from their pain. One of my other online support groups, a man was saying his goodbyes because he was ready to commit suicide because he couldn't get help with his pain. And his fiancée was sick with kidney failure, they both didn't work and had a young son. They were losing their house and were out of all their options. And people in the group was trying to help him but he had done all the suggestions and was just done. I knew exactly how he felt, I went 3 years without insurance and my health was getting worse and I had did everything and then finally I won my case to get Medicaid. And since July I had doctor appointments almost everyday. My medical team consists of 10 doctors now. And I have so many health issues that I'm glad I finally have insurance because I don't know how long I would have lasted without insurance. The point is we should not have to suffer in pain. It Torture!
I did some research. CVS Health plans to implement this change on February 1, 2018, per their PR press release. Check it out and there is a poll on Pain News Network about your opinion on the upcoming change. So that allows about 5 months to change pharmacies if you need to. Regarding the person in your support group: Does the person's wife you are referring to have end stage renal failure/disease? On dialysis? If so, that person may be eligible for Medicare. Google this: ESRD Medicare.
There is TANF, and they may well be eligible for SNAP, and at least their child eligible for Medicaid. The husband may be eligible for one or the other. There are some resources available, just required a lot of research.
Never give up - please it is not worth it! Please go to the ER, call 911 or call a local hotline if you are considering ending it 1-800-273-TALK). There is hope ahead. It's was a battle and I've been weary and near broke financially.
I have what they call insurance at work "Minimum Essential Coverage", but it doesn't pay a dime until I pay $4000 out of pocket. I have to delay medical care that can potentially prevent permanent nerve damage that could limit use of a limb. Things will improve. Sometimes life circumstances change for the better out of nowhere. Good Samaritans exist. Blessings came just in time. One day at a time.
Another resource is picking up the phone and dialing 211. That is social services, sometimes United Way. They can generally help locating assistance or provide info as to who could provide assistance.
How about just speak with your money and avoid CVS. I am sick of the government 'suggesting' to doctors how to practice medicine. After all the CDC Guidlines were directed to primary/general practice physicians. What happened to DO NO HARM?