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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Although a brain tumor diagnosis is not covered, check their website for coverage of any secondary diagnoses.
The CLRC is a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and the Loyola Law School. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues. Volunteer attorneys and other professionals are available to provide in depth information and counsel to CLRC callers.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help individuals obtain Medicare and necessary health care. The Center is staffed by attorneys, nurses, legal assistants and information specialists which can help answer questions and provide assistance in appealing Medicare denials.
The MRC provides information and assistance to individuals with Medicare through a toll-free telephone hotline and educational publications. Medicare counselors are available to discuss rights and protections, denials or appeals, complaints about care and treatment and Medicare bills.
NCCS is a survivor led cancer advocacy organization which offers a variety of publications and tools for cancer survivors. Contact NCCS directly for their publication, What Cancer Survivors Need to Know about Health Insurance or their set of CDÕs, Cancer Survival Toolbox which includes a module for the underinsured or uninsured called, “Paying for Care.” Publications are available in English and Spanish and English PDFÕs can be downloaded through the website.
Upcoming educational meetings
Partners in Treatment & Care is a half-day educational meeting that gives patients and caregivers the opportunity to learn from local brain tumor experts and meet others who are going through similar journeys.