I have a friend who takes several medications for mental health. She lost her health insurance coverage in December but signed up for a healthcare plan through Covered California during open enrollment; her new plan takes effect on February 1st.
She doesn't have enough medication to last the next 11 days and I'm trying to help her figure out what she can do to bridge that gap. Missing a week or more of several of the medications would be a big deal.
I'm sure she's not the only person who has run into this type of issue and I'm wondering if there is any system in place for people in her situation to get a few days of medication to tide her over until her plan officially starts. She runs out of one medication on Monday, but since it's the weekend now we haven't been able to get through to anyone who could help us with this by phone.
What options are available for patients who need psychiatric medication refills right before their insurance coverage starts?