Healthcare (Getting medicine, healthcare access, etc.)
Updated: Apr 28
Beyond COVID-19, people still have health issues to cope with.
In general, if you need to see a doctor, try to call ahead and join telemedicine meetings (they’ll video chat with you) when possible. Check in with your doctor or insurance provider to see if either are offering this remote option.
If you have routine medical needs (teeth cleanings, optional surgeries, etc.) that you can delay a month or more, we encourage you to do so. Medical operations may not be back to normal in a month, but hopefully we’ll have adjusted many of our systems to handle this better.
Many people use medicines they need every day to survive. If this applies to you, it is important to plan ahead..
Note: Medicine for mental health is equally important for your survival. Please prioritize access to medicine that will help you cope with additional stress and rapid changes.
If possible, try to get multiple refills at once for any essential medicine. Due to the patchwork of healthcare in America, there is not one simple solution to how to do this. You may need to call your doctor to have them prescribe more medicine, or your insurer to allow you to pick up more than one. You won’t be the first person calling in to do this. It is important to advocate for yourself. Continue to ask to speak to a manager or challenge decisions if providers won’t accommodate you.
If money is a barrier to refilling your medicine, you are in an emergency and should look at the emergency funding section.
In most states you can send a friend or family member to pick up your medicine for you if you don’t feel comfortable leaving home. Call your pharmacy ahead of time to make sure this will work and if your designated person needs any documents.
CVS Free Prescription Delivery verified April 8th, 2020 Fill your prescription as you would normally online and receive free 1 to 2-day delivery from CVS.
Walgreens Free Shipping & Pharmacy Home Delivery verified April 21st, 2020 Walgreens Express allows you fill your prescription and pick-up via drive-thru or free delivery in 1-2 business days.
What if I lose my healthcare?
Losing healthcare is considered a qualifying life event and you can register for healthcare through healthcare.gov. You have up to 30 days after losing your health insurance to enroll.
United We Dream “Healthcare access for Undocumented Folks in the Time of COVID-19” verified April 15, 2020 United Dream breaks down how COVID-19 affects the Public Charge Rule and links to access Free/Low-Cost/Community Health Care resources by state.
Free Clinic Directory verified April 15th, 2020 For folks looking for free Health Clinics and Community Health Center, especially for those who are uninsured.
If you have a chronic illness, there are national organizations that focus on sharing information about that illness and advocating for the rights of patients with it. They are a great source for you to follow and help you understand how your condition might interact with the current pandemic:
If you need immediate help, you can find a list of national hotlines and support groups are available in the Self-Care section.
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