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Approved for treatment, then had to move out of county

In 12/2015 thru 9/2016, I was living in a small town near Sacramento, but could not find a good paying job after being laid off. Therefore, was receiving unemployment benefits and became eligible for MediCal. I was referred to a GI specialist by my PCP, provided blood and urine for various tests. Also had to have an ultrasound & liver biopsy. After a month or so, I was approved to begin the hep C treatment.

Then, a long time friend residing in the region where I previously lived, (Northern CA) contacted me and offered me a job. A couple of weeks prior to that, I was given a 30-day notice to move out of home where I rented a room. Didn’t have any options, except to move back to the city I had lived in for many years.

Since I was in a new county, I had to go thru (some of) the process of getting approved again. My MediCal ended on 12/31/16 since I began working and earning an income. Therefore, had to apply for health ins. thru Covered CA.

Contacted my current primary care physician, giving her the latest news. Still waiting for reply (!)

I am 55 years old, was diagnosed in 2001, and did not have much success with the treatment that was available then: Pegylated Interferon along with Ribavirin.

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  • CaseyH moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Serenity009Now, thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m so sorry to hear about this. How frustrating! I hope you receive good news and support from your primary care doctor soon. As Gypsy mentioned, sometimes you can directly contact the pharmaceutical companies that make the medications you need. Many of them have fee assistance programs for individuals who qualify. Please keep us posted on everything! We’re thinking of you! -Casey, Team

  • Gypsy
    2 years ago

    Wow. This is sad .I hope you have gotten treatment through MediCal or Medicare, whoever will pay for it! I entered a clinical trial in Australia and got treated.I had a teleconference via Skype and my labs downloaded to them. I couldn’t afford regular medication and have no insurance. Sometimes you can contact the companies and if you qualify you can get it free or with a small co-pay is what I have been told. Some doctors will go to bat for you also to help with getting medications.

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