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.
The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
The State ChildrenÕs Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is a combined federal and state program that provides health insurance for children whose familyÕs income is too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to afford private insurance. It is directed at children 18 years of age or younger, who currently have no coverage and whose parent(s) are working. There are SCHIP plans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
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.
St. Jude ChildrenÕs Research Hospital is a health care charity that accepts patients for treatment without regard to familyÕs ability to pay. The child must be referred by a physician and meet protocol eligibility guidelines for a research study.
Family Voices works with families of special needs children to advocate for health care services, provides information on appealing insurance claims, and can put families in touch with health care programs in all states. Contact the FV program in your state for more information.
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.
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.