Update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Information regarding COVID-19 is in constant change, as is the situation regarding vaccination and prioritization for immune-compromised individuals.

If you have any COVID-19-related questions, we’ve created a specific COVID section on our website that can be accessed by clicking here or by selecting the “News & Events” tab from our homepage. In this section, you’ll find the latest news and information about the pandemic in Canada from trustworthy and reliable sources.

Any specific questions that you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, delays between vaccine dosing, and prioritization within your province are best answered by your healthcare team. They’re the ones who know you and your particular situation and are therefore in a position to best address your unique concerns.

Created by, and entirely focused on, Canadians impacted by myeloma, Myeloma Canada is the only national charitable organization committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and reliable information on myeloma. Some of the ways we do this is through our monthly e-newsletter, “Myeloma Matters”, as well as through our social media platforms.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@myeloma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-798-5771 with any questions regarding our programs and services.

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Health Insurance Coverage

To minimize your own out-of-pocket costs, some research may be necessary to ensure you have optimal access to new prescription medications.

  • Drug coverage and drugs provided through cancer care centres can also vary from province to province.
  • Meet with your employer, your Human Resources department or union representative to help you better understand your benefits.
  • If your employee health plan does not cover a certain drug, ask your employer if the company can make an exception in your case, or waive the cap on your drug coverage.
  • Ask your doctor what drugs you may need in the future and check to see if your plan covers them.
  • Some private insurance plans require that you pay up-front and then apply for reimbursement. You may ask your insurance company to allow your pharmacy to send the bill directly to them.
  • Find someone to work with you to advocate for the drug coverage when you cannot.
  • If you are refused coverage of a medication you need, appeal the decision. Sometimes the refusal may be the result of nothing more than faulty paperwork.
  • Some pharmaceutical companies have free services that will help you search for coverage of specific drugs. Sometimes a compassionate use program is offered to patients requiring the drug. Talk to your cancer care team.

 

Questions for your Healthcare Team

  • Will I have to pay for any part of the trial such as tests or the study drug? If so, what will the charges likely be?
  • Will there be any travel costs that I need to consider while I am in the trial?
  • What will my health insurance likely cover?
  • Who can help answer any questions from the insurance company?