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Gilead support path stunner!

My insurer (Unitedhealthcare) offered to pay for Solvadi but now refuses to cover Harvoni, so I signed up for Gilead's Harvoni Support Path program and they are going to GIVE me the full course of Harvoni for FREE!
I'm 1b and have been waiting for ten years to treat.
I have to admit that after reading about the cost of Solvaldi and Harvoni I was not inclined to think kindly of Gilead but after a few weeks of talking to the support path hotline folks while they negoatiated with Unitedhealthcare, my opinion has changed, to state it mildly.
To top off the good news, there is zero co-pay.
Yay, Gilead, yea!
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4806014 tn?1424501878
Congrats on getting help from Gilead, when do you start tx?  So very happy for you, what a relief it must be. Whew!
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Congratulations!  I am like sunru a when do you start treatment?

Keep us posted on your progress and outcome, as well as feel free to ask questions, etc.

Welcome to the Forum, and WELCOME to the World of WARRIORS!  Go get that dragon!!!  : -)

Pat
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317787 tn?1473358451
WOW!  That is fantastic news! I am really happy for you.  This renews my faith in mankind
Take Care
Dee
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Happy days!!!!
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That is great news!
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Great news!
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10175413 tn?1427170251
Welcome to the forum!  Congratulations on your Tx. Good Luck and keep the Faith Major. :)
Peace
Deb
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Congrats. Wow, that is fantastic. Slay the beast
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I've been lurking here for ten years so I don't feel new, just new to posting up.
Found a new GI, old one was still pushing interferon (must be getting a kickback?) and am waiting for a specialized liver scarring/fibrosis blood test to come back from the lab before he (the new guy) decided between proscribing 8 or 12 weeks of Harvoni.
Closest Fibroscan is 75 miles away and won't work with me unless I "become" their patient and I am not able to have an MRI due to metal particles in my eyes (from a lifetime of metal welding/grinding and general auto repair behaviors)..
Anyway, hope to start munching on Harvoni in two weeks (fingers crossed).
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I felt very, very blessed by both my husband's health insurer (through his work) CIGNA and Gilead's support path.  Between the two, I had NO copay either.  Far cry from years past and past treatments, where there were time's where my husband and I were paying $500+ in co-pays for various treatments for the Hep I did.  I highly recommend everyone who is having problem's affording this treatment to contact Gilead's support path. They are great.  With my the Cigna picked up about 80% of the 3 drugs Sovald+Peg+Riba and the support path paid the rest.  That's because I don't work and my husband's income wasn't high enough to 'disqualify' us for the extra assistance.  
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11602417 tn?1419751313
I have been involved with metal fabrication and welding for over 40 years now and even though I have"stuff" in me also, I don't have any problem with going through an MRI at all... They're giving you some bd information IMHO.
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I know the feeling about not being close by a fibroscan. It's impractical for me, too. I'd have to drive 3 hrs one way/or 6 hrs round trip to get a fibroscan and unless I'm a patient, it would be all out of pocket costs for me.  For a 15 test..., it may be a great diagnostic tool, but until one gets to my county where my HMO would pay for it and I don't have to drive so far, I won't be getting another one done. I've had 1 done in the over 20 yrs I've been doing treatments and that was because I was in a clinical trial. I've had 5 biopsies, was getting them every 3-5 years. Before I ever started treatments, I had a biopsy and then, didn't treat at all for another 3 yrs.  I hate biopsies, but there were no fibroscans back in that time, ANYWHERE in my state. So...  Susan400
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Super, it's amazing what a little friendly competition will do!! Good luck on your path to wellness.
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