- Discounted Prescription Drugs Programs
- Prescription Assistance Programs
- Co-Pay Assistance
- Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
- Medical Supplies
Discounted Prescription Drugs Programs
Most major pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs offering free or low cost medication to those who cannot afford their prescriptions. Discounted prescription drugs are available at discount stores across the country. Check with the pharmacy currently filling your prescription(s) to see if they have discounted prescription drugs. If you are not using generic drugs, ask your doctor if any generic drugs are an appropriate choice for your prescription
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Offers a single point of access to more than 475 public, state and private patient assistance programs, including more than 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
Medicare Rights Center
Provides information on how to locate prescription assistance or discount programs.
Wal-Mart Pharmacy Site
Wal-Mart currently offers a 90 day prescription supply for just $10. $4 generics offered through the Wal-Mart program included multiple strengths of dexamethasone (a steroid), prednisone (a steroid), carbamazapine (an antiepileptic drug), and several antidepressants.
Wegman's Food Markets
Some of the programs offer 30-day supplies, some are 90-day supplies, but each is offered at discounted rates. Their program includes a 90-day supply for $11.99.
Target currently also offers a program with a 90 day prescription supply for just $10 and $4 generics. The generics offered in the included multiple strengths of dexamethasone (a steroid), prednisone (a steroid), carbamazapine (an antiepileptic drug), and several antidepressants.
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Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPS)
- PAP’s provide free or discounted medications to the uninsured, underinsured, or those with limited income.
- PAP’s are usually sponsored through the pharmaceutical’s manufacturer.
- Each program has specific eligibility criteria.
- Online not-for-profit organizations are available to help locate PAP’s.
Needy Meds is a non-profit organization with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or health care costs. The Needy Meds website provides a comprehensive database to search for available prescription assistance programs for both brand name and generic prescriptions. Application forms are also available for certain prescription assistance programs. Needy Meds also provides information about diseased-based assistance programs, discount drug cards and government programs.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
PPA provides access to both public and private patient drug assistance programs by providing online links to programs in each state. This website also permits patients to search for prescription assistance programs by prescription name for which they may be eligible.
Patient Assistance Program Center
Rx Assist is a pharmaceutical access information center created by Volunteers in Health Care (VIH) a national resource center for safety net organizations. Rx Assist provides a comprehensive database of prescription assistance programs with application forms available at the website. Information is also available on low-cost prescriptions, co-pay assistance and Medicare Part D.
Together Rx Access Program
Offers savings on brand name and generic medications for children and adults, who are not covered through Medicare and who do not have public or private prescription drug coverage. To qualify applicants must be under age 65, be a legal resident of the United States or Puerto Rico and meet income guidelines.
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The foundation helps to bridge the gap by providing financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket costs related to copayments, deductibles and insurance premiums.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Their Co-Pay Relief Program offers co-payment assistance to patients with brain cancer. Program accepts calls beginning the first of each month until funds are depleted. Providers can also apply on behalf of their patients online.
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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
- In January 2006, Medicare Part D, prescription drug coverage, became available to Medicare beneficiaries.
- Part D covers both generic and brand name prescription drugs.
- You will pay a monthly premium, coinsurance and co-pays for prescription drugs which vary by plan.
- If you have limited income and finances, you may qualify for Extra Help. Extra Help will help pay for premiums, annual deductible and co-payments.
Access to Benefits Coalition (ABC)
ABC provides assistance/information about Medicare Part D Extra Help and other available prescription savings plans to Medicare beneficiaries with limited means.
The official government site
Visit the Medicare website to compare prescription drug plans, enroll in Part D and add/update prescription drug/pharmacy information.
My Medicare Matters
National Council on Aging
This website provides information on how to choose or switch Medicare Part D Plans.
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The Cancer Fund of America
Provides for non-prescription medical needs such as nutritional supplements or incontinence supplies. Items available vary as the group receives donated products from companies. Patients or families members can call and be placed in their database for specific needs.
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