Affordable Prescriptions Needed for Those Who Don’t Qualify for Subsidies
5 million Americans pay the full cost of their health insurance, NPR reports, and costs are skyrocketing.
Open enrollment for Marketplace plans ended over the weekend, and as NPR’s Steve Findlay reports, many were left with incredibly expensive premiums and ultra-high deductibles because they didn’t qualify for subsidies, financial assistance from the government, to help cover these costs. Those who earn too much to qualify for subsidies often end up either paying full price for their premiums (which, for one family Findlay reports on, was up to $2,000/month) or skipping coverage all together.
This set of the population who earns too much to qualify for subsidies but still cannot afford coverage on their own will undoubtedly be looking for more affordable healthcare alternatives in 2019. Some will go without coverage, while others may turn to short-term health care plans, which are cheaper but offer very minimal coverage and often don’t include prescription coverage.
This lack of prescription coverage (or healthcare coverage at all) is particularly concerning for those who use maintenance medications, meds they take regularly to manage a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes. Without these medications, these conditions can worsen and lead to poorer health outcomes and even greater expenses for the patient. We at Blink Health will continue to serve this base — and any American who wants to save money on their prescriptions — to make sure they’re able to afford the medications they need.
Blink Health is not insurance. The discount prescription drug provider is Blink Health Administration, LLC, 233 Spring Street, 8th Floor East, New York, NY 10013, (844) 366–2211, www.blinkhealth.com