SCREAMING RANT (you’ve been warned)

In 1984 I broke my back in 2 places. I’ve had 3 major surgeries, spent years walking with a cane, and have taken daily pain medication since then.

For the last 25 years I’ve gotten my medication 3 months at a time. In the first week of February HMAA advised I can now only get 1 week at a time. So instead of 1 visit and 1 co-pay; I’m supposed to make 12 visits with 12 co-pays. No warning to my personal medical provider, or me.

I contact customer “service” and the nice young man says have my doctor fill out this form, (he will send it to my doctor for me) and all will be well. Yeah, right.

Three weeks later HMAA wants doctor patient counseling, 3 other forms filled out and everything submitted before they will “consider” a larger prescription. One of these forms has never been seen by my doctors office and when questioned about it, the physicians assistant was told, “just make one up”.


Hey HMAA, since you claim this is about the “opioid epidemic” how about looking at the unemployed 24 year old kid and not this 71 year old grandfather that still works 40 to 50 hours a week.  At least I do when my back isn’t hurting so bad I can barely walk.

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