|My name is Anil Kadam and I am a 64-year-old husband and father from Laurel, Maryland. I retired a few years ago, and I try to spend as much time as I can with my wife and my family, as well as on my hobbies, which include working with the HAM radio. I wish I could spend my retirement in a carefree manner, but even when I’m doing things I love, there is a constant, nagging fear at the back of my mind: the high cost of my medication.
I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) and a host of other issues in 2012. I have a Cigna health insurance plan that has always taken care of my family’s needs adequately. I have been able to cover the copays for most of my medications over the years, but I was recently presented with one that I couldn’t pay for.
My doctor prescribed me Entresto, a blood pressure medicine manufactured by Novartis, that has proven to be effective in mitigating some of the difficulties associated with my disease. I was really happy with the results of the medication, but my happiness was quickly turned into fear when I found out how much it would cost me per month. As a retiree, I have a lot of health care and living expenses, and having to pay $50 out of pocket for Entresto is simply out of my reach.