Assistance with Prescription Drug Costs for Insured Patients
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Population served: Everyone in the United States (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
Andrew McDonough B Foundation
Web site only
Population served: Pediatric cancer patients (under the age of 21) and their families in the United States. Assistance is available to families who are experiencing financial hardship brought on by the diagnosis.
The B Foundation is committed to helping the families of critically ill children with financial assistance so they can focus on helping their child get well.
- Provides financial support to eligible patients once a year for a maximum of 2 years
- Grants typically can range from $250 - $750
- Application available on the website
Contact: (586) 776-3900
Population served: People in the United States over age 50, retired or not
AARP focuses on education and service with emphasis on those at social and economic risk.
- Provides consumer information regarding prescription drug assistance programs
- Offers navigation for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans and supplemental insurance plans
- Provides Medicare information and guidance
- Provides assistance to facilitate understanding of and access to public benefits
Chronic Disease Fund (CDF)
Contact: (877) 968-7233
Population served: Patients with a chronic disease or a life-altering medical condition in the United States
CDF currently supports patients with more than a dozen different diseases, including many types of cancer.
- Provides a call center
- Provides information on diseases covered and eligibility criteria on the website
Contact: (800) 675-8416
Population served: Patients with certain blood cancers in the United States
The HealthWell Foundation helps individuals afford prescription medications and other associated costs. It provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket health care costs, including:
- Prescription drug coinsurance, co-payments and deductibles
- Health insurance premiums
- Other select health care costs
Managed Rx Plans
Contact: (800) 799-8765
Population served: Patients with private major medical insurance (not government-sponsored programs) who need help paying for medication co-payments (the patient's insurance provider must accept Managed Rx Plans)
Managed Rx Plans is a mail-order New York state-registered pharmacy that helps patients afford the medications they need.
- Offers cost-free prescriptions (after the patient meets his/her deductible) as long as insurance covers 70 percent or more of cost
- Provides free, expedient delivery directly to the patient's home
- Files insurance forms for the patient
- No cost to join or membership fees
- Offers automatic refills
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Contact: (800) 999-6673 (Voicemail messages only) or (203) 798-2291
Population served: Patients with rare diseases in the United States
NORD is committed to the identification, treatment and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research and service.
- Provides a call center
- Provides information on the website regarding specific medications for a variety of diseases including some blood cancers
Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN)
Contact: (866) 316-7263
Population served: Patients who have certain blood cancers and other diseases in the United States
PAN assists patients who can't afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their treatment.
- Provides disease-specific funds to assist the underinsured
- The Oncology Cytoprotection Fund helps with expenses associated with specific agents designed to ameliorate or eliminate certain chemotherapy and radiotherapy toxicities
- Provides assistance with out-of-pocket costs including deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Contact: (800) 532-5274
Population served: Patients with certain blood cancers and other diseases in the United States
- PAF offers a Co-Pay Relief Program of direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries
- Offers call center counselors who guide patients through the enrollment process
Patient Services Incorporated (PSI)
Contact: (800) 366-7741
Population served: Patients with certain blood cancers and chronic illnesses in the United States
PSI helps people locate suitable health insurance coverage and access ways to satisfy medication co-payments.
- Provides assistance with the cost of health insurance premiums associated with COBRA, state high-risk pools, open enrollment, guaranteed issue policies, HIPAA conversion policies and prescriptions co-payments associated with private insurance or with Medicare Part B and D
The Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation (MDS Foundation)
Contact: (800) 637-0839 or (609) 298-6746 (International)
Population served: People diagnosed with MDS, caregivers, healthcare professionals worldwide
The MDS Foundation is devoted to the prevention, treatment and study of MDS.
- Provides a list of government, co-pay and medication assistance resources
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: (800) 227-2345
Population served: Patients with cancer needing prescription assistance in the United States
ACS provides assistance to cancer patients and their caregivers with information about diseases, financial support, support groups, lodging and medical equipment. ACS has local chapters throughout the United States to provide assistance within the community.
- Contact your local office for information on medication coverage