How To Get State Help With Medication Expenses
If it is important for you to learn how to get state help with medication expenses, below are excellent resources.
- Go to the NeedyMeds.org site where you can go to a map of the United States and click on your own state to find what particular programs are offered to you as that state's resident. You will be taken to a list of programs that are available for you to apply to if you are low income and meet the guidelines of income, assets, possible disability, etc. You will find ways to get your needed prescriptions either free or for a small co-payment.
- Every state also has a federally funded State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which provides counseling for health insurance to Medicare recipients. Disease-Based Assistance gives a list of programs that help with the costs of medications needed for specific diseases including diabetes. Programs for Children lists places to get assistance specifically for children.
- Another possibility for any age is Patient Assistant Programs (PAPs) which provide a list of programs for free or low-cost prescription medicines to those who are low-income and also uninsured or under-insured. These medications are usually provided by the companies who manufacture them. The PAPs also tell you how to get the necessary applications. Then you can go to Application Assistance, which is a list of organizations that will aid you in finding and applying for PAPs. You will be given a list of medications that are provided by the PAPs at a low cost. The generic forms of many very expensive medicines are included on these lists. Fill out the application form as completely as you can so that it won't take much time for your doctor or his staff to complete and sign the application. Most doctors understand that, if you cannot afford to take your necessary medications, it is imperative to help you find an alternate way to pay for them.
If your budget makes it necessary to get state or other help with medication expenses, there are many opportunities out there that could be of benefit. Check on the sources and see which ones you qualify for.