Lisa Wetzel-Trainor, a freelance writer with a chronic illness, had long feared what would happen if she lost the insurance coverage she gets through her husband, a public school teacher. She’d have to pay the full cost of a drug she needs to manage her debilitating brain fog from severe ADHD: More than $1,000 a month.
Then it happened, during the pandemic. Her husband had to change jobs, their new insurance didn’t cover the drug, Vyvanse, for which there’s no generic alternative, and she had to stop taking it entirely. She switched to another drug that’s in scarce supply, worsens her anxiety and doesn’t work nearly as well. And she still pays $150 a month at the pharmacy.