Brittany: ‘My life changed from just existing to living’
For Brittany, access to affordable medication was transformative—and she thanks PBMs for making it possible.
Brittany has many reasons to be thankful. At 29, she lives in a stylish apartment outside Washington DC, enjoys her job counseling people with mental illness and aspires to earn a college degree to take her career even further.
And more than anything, Brittany is thankful she has access to affordable medication that keeps her own mental health in check.
“Without my medication, there are days that I can’t get out of bed in the morning,” she said. “Having access to quality medication has been absolutely transformative.”
Brittany suffers from attention issues and bipolar disorder, which were a crippling force in her life for many years. Her medication would cost roughly $350 a month, a tall order for someone working and going to school. But thanks to her prescription drug benefit, an entire month of medication costs about the same as a cup of coffee.
“Having a pharmacy benefit manager negotiating on my behalf, I pay $5.”
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) administer prescription drug plans for more than 266 million Americans with health insurance like Brittany, from Medicare beneficiaries to people insured through their employer. Over the course of a decade, PBMs will save consumers and health plan sponsors more than $1 trillion.
The advocacy of PBMs helps patients like Brittany stay healthy and maintain access to their prescription drugs. It makes a big difference for everyone who needs an advocate on their side.
Hear Brittany’s story here.
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