Monday 9th of January 2017 06:30:12 PM
I am a 4th grade teacher in Homestead, FL. The health care program for Dade County Teachers is a complete joke, and the amount of money we have to pay for it is almost laughable since we have had no raise in 5 years. The new contract states that we "have to get our monthly medicines from the Cigna Pharmacy" or we will have to pay for it ourselves. Did you know that the Cigna Pharmacy is located in Pennsylvania? This means that we are not helping out the economy in South Florida by going to a local pharmacy. My husband and I sent our prescriptions in, actually overnighted them on April 18. Do you know we have not received them yet? My husband is a disabled vet, with a back injury that has reduced him to being a stay at home husband. He has had fusion surgery and then went back to work as pilot for about 10 years, only to have an accident on the job that has left him in severe pain and discomfort for life. In November, a stimulator was put in and has helped his pain level somewhat, but not completely. The medicines he has had to take maintain his ability to survive. He has been able to cut down, but he will never fully be off the meds. We called Cigna today because they told him yesterday that we would have it today. This was after calling every other day to get an update! Do you know what they told him today? First, they told him that something was back order and that they won't send it out until it’s complete. After 45 minutes on the phone talking to a tech, he finally spoke to the pharmacist so he can make sense out of what is being said, and find out why he was being told all kinds of lies for the last 2 weeks! Do you know what they said? They will not fill the prescription for Narcotics because we live in Florida! Even though he has gotten his medicine from them before, they will not fill the order. Even though his doctor works at Baptist Hospital and they are monthly prescriptions! They won't even send the prescriptions so we can get them refilled. Basically, he is out of his medicine and they have left us no choice but to spend more money, that we don't have, take him to the ER and get another prescription. This is a complete slap in the face for educators of Dade County, disabled vets, and people in general. I have heard so many stories from other teachers dealing with this Cigna Pharmacy problem. At this point, we are not sure what he is going to do, but if they cannot honor the contract, isn't that a breach of contract?