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I lost my health insurance, but here’s how I get my prescription meds for $4 a month

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Walmart+ Rx for Less program
The Rx for Less program is part of your Walmart+ membership. Not a member yet? Sign up quickly and easily! (Photo: Getty)

In spring 2020, my job as an event planner came to a screeching halt due to Covid restrictions. Like far too many people, I suddenly found myself without work — and without health insurance. I’m not accustomed to worrying about how I’ll pay for my essential medications. But suddenly, I was faced with an extra $35 bill each month while unemployed.

I take escitalopram — a generic SSRI known better by its brand name, Lexapro — every day to manage my generalized anxiety disorder and seasonal depression, all of which were exacerbated by the stress of the pandemic. For the past year and a half, my prescription antidepressants have been more critical than ever, but so has saving money.

By June 2021, work was still scarce, and I couldn’t afford private health insurance. It’s not like I could have just quit escitalopram cold turkey; the withdrawal symptoms can be crippling. But then I learned about the new Walmart+ Rx for Less program, and I knew the tide was starting to turn in my favor. The program makes it possible to save up to 85 percent on an exhaustive list of prescription medications — everything from blood pressure pills to diabetes medication to, of course, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicine.

Walmart+ lets you have your prescriptions for up to 85 percent off — or for $0, in some cases! (Photo: Walmart.com)
Walmart+ lets you have your prescriptions for up to 85 percent off — or for $0, in some cases! (Photo: Walmart.com)

But some prescription drugs are as little as $0. You guessed it: the escitalopram I take to help manage my mental health is on that free list. I now feel like a huge burden is off my shoulders. Having my antidepressants covered completely means I can maintain my health despite my circumstances. And I still don’t even have health insurance until work picks up again. What I do have, though, is a Walmart+ membership.

The Walmart+ Rx for Less program is available only to Walmart + members, so you’re going to have to sign up for the store’s loyalty program if you want to reap the benefits of these prescription savings at 4,000 participating Walmart pharmacies nationwide (in-store only). And getting extreme discounts on the medication you need to thrive is only one of the many benefits of belonging to this fantastic program.

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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