Taryn It Up
What’s the Big Deal?

I’ll never forget when my doctor diagnosed me with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  I knew of it, suspected I had it..and of course exhibited the classic symptoms.  Some of which include irregular periods.  To combat it, I needed to go back on the pill, since that alleviates the symptoms (it’s treatable, not exactly “curable” — in fact, there’s a lot about the affliction we don’t know about except that it screws with your reproductive system). 

I figured, not a problem.  I’d been on the pill earlier that year, but I didn’t want to be on it anymore.  Had I known I’d have grown a beard (well, a thin mustache), I wouldn’t have gone off to begin with.  But I thought, well, it’s only $25 a month for the generic.  I’ll be ok with that.

Till I got to the pharmacy.  When I went up to pay for the item, they told me it was $60.  Huh? That’s preposterous.  I had paid $25 not 6 months before for it. This was for the GENERIC not the “brand name,” right?  Yeah, still, $60. 

Uh…

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ABOUT??

I was shocked a few months later when I found out the generic prescription was only $61, so I saved a whopping $1 a month on this.  A medical necessity for me, to combat not only the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, but to prohibit any other reproductive disorders such as endometriosis. 

Just why did Medco decide, in a matter of six months, that all of a sudden, this type of pill was a medical elective? Are they afraid men might get pissed off since Viagra isn’t covered?  Oh wait…it is…never mind.

I found a work around.  I got another generic prescription that costs me $12/month via Walgreen’s prescription savings plan.  So basically I pay into a medical insurance system, it’s screwed me over, so I need to go through a retail chain to get what I need.

Yeah, that sure makes sense.  Meanwhile, the generic they cover makes me gain weight, whacks my thyroid out and makes me a lunatic.  But then, the major symptoms in this imbalance are taken care of.  Unfortunately, the prescription I could take that doesn’t give me those horrible side effects is not covered by my insurance and quite frankly, I can’t justify the cost. 

But who cares, right?  I mean, I’m only a woman.

And that’s what this whole knocking out of the copay system for women’s family planning is about.  In case you haven’t noticed, there is a blatant anti-women agenda with our lawmakers right now, severely limiting the rights and options of women who wish to have affordable as well as informed rights to their own health.  One of these limitations is reducing funds to Planned Parenthood, as an example, which royally pisses me off.  Someone like Bill O’Reilly thinks that most women get plastered when they have sex (WTF??? Is that the only way he can get laid???) so that insurance companies should be off the hook for it.

Not so fast there, cowboy.  He mentions a $5 copay.  I wish.  My insurance used to be that, they raised it to $25.  I didn’t balk because hey, I didn’t pay full price.  Little did I know Medco cared so little about their female clientele that they took away options.

So to misinformed media douche canoes like O’Liely (thank you, Al Franken for that one), this is about reproductive options, women’s health care, making informed decisions.  What would you rather have…your tax dollars supporting children or having insurance companies eat the cost of allowing women to make informed decisions for health care? Tax dollars are a safety net, but I’m sure most women want the option to make their own wellness choices. 

I swear, with this health care agenda in Congress, it amazes me how misinformed some people are, even those with expensive media driven soapboxes.  If there is one thing that insurance companies have over us schmoes is MONEY.  They have plenty of it, meanwhile people with a soapbox and an agenda make it sound like all women want to do is have sex for free.

NO THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT!!!!!!

I have a medical condition.  In that time period since I had to correct this imbalance, I got married, and my husband and I have the luxury at this time to make educated decisions about our family planning options.  I have no choice but to take this corrective prescription for my own health, and not just because my husband and I choose to be child-free at this time.  Not that it’s any of your business.  But before one goes judging women about their family planning choices and decisions, just remember it’s not about the sex.

Although, I have a feeling a lot of this backlash is because women DO have sex.  Oh, shudder the thought.

But most importantly, if it was a male who could get pregnant, all this stuff would be over-the-counter.  In the meantime, color me thrilled that I can get this medical necessity for me covered fully by insurance that I pay for.

Medco could have kept the cost at $5.  But no.  I would have gladly paid that amount.  But I have the last laugh now. Finally, a step in the right direction.