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Prescription for MM to VAC

Post by 81A on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 17:42

I like many people on this forum has a prescription for MM. I currently use cannabis oil myself as it has longer lasting effects for me. My question is this. I had VAC tell me that I have to provide them with a prescription from the licensed provider every year going forward and to provide it at least 3 months in advance to avoid cancellation of coverage. I did not receive a copy of the prescription as they are sent directly to the provider so how am I supposed to get them an original copy? Has anyone else had this problem? I am relatively new to these meds so someone out there should be able to point me in the right direction. Thanks

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Re: Prescription for MM to VAC

Post by Vet1234 on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 19:05

That's a little confusing to me. P
Your licensed producer should get the prescription directly from the prescribing doctor. The producer would then send a copy to Blue Cross for authorization.
If you don't mind, who is your LP?
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Post by 81A on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 18:17

This is the letter I received via my vac account.

I understand you inquiring about the process for coverage for
Medical Marijuana. It is Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) policy
that we will only cover the cost of marijuana for medical purposes
upon confirmation of your registration with a specific licensed
producer. The information listed in your letter is required
after each approval period. Our records indicate that you have
been approved for coverage until January 4, 2018. If you have
a continued need for marijuana for medical purposes after January
04, 2018, you must send us your request in writing. It is best
to send this request approximately 3 months prior to the end
date.

Maybe I read it wrong? but why would I need to provide a copy when a copy is already sent to VAC?

My provider is Aphria and they have been absolutely fantastic to deal with.

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Re: Prescription for MM to VAC

Post by bigrex on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 18:46

To me, this makes absolutely no sense. I have been prescribed Diluadid for years, 3 months worth at a time, and I do not need to keep seeking permission from VAC before each time I get a new prescription. So if VAC accepts that MM is a legitimate medical treatment, and agree to cover payments for the first year, there should be no reason that you would need to get pre-authorized for any subsequent prescription. I think VAC needs to pull their heads out of somewhere dark, that smells like excrement, and get over their close minded ideology about Veterans using weed as medicine.
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Re: Prescription for MM to VAC

Post by Vet1234 on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 19:21

That's funny. The Dr that prescribed you should reach out to you before your script is up and renew it and send it to Aphria. Aphria has a department that handles VAC coverage on your behalf. Nothing to worry about at all. Also, Aphria will cover your script if VAC drags their heels. If you're still worried, give Aphria a call. I haven't spoken to VAC once with respect to my renewals, the L.P. has handled it all.
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Post by 81A on Fri 05 May 2017, 09:30

Vet1234 you are correct. I guess the VAC agent I got may not have fully known the policy as it is fairly new. In any case I have found Aphria absolutely fantastic to deal with plus they will cover any costs over the $8.50 per gram for their clients. Thats' a bonus to veterans who might otherwise have to pay out of pocket

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Post by Vet1234 on Fri 05 May 2017, 09:37

Good stuff. Glad to hear.
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