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Assistance with Prescription Drug Costs for Uninsured Patients

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Population served:
Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 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.

2-1-1 Canada
Population served:  Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 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:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Population served: Families of children with cancer in the U.S.

Mission: To fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in chemotherapy; to provide emotional support and financial assistance nationwide for families of children with cancer.

Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child's illness; application form available on website.

Children's Leukemia Research Association, Inc.
Population served: Children and adults with leukemia in the U.S., professionals

Mission: To support research efforts towards finding the causes and cure for leukemia.  

  • Limited funds to assist with the costs of outpatient chemotherapy, lab tests and post-transplant prescriptions.  Applications are mailed in November each year for assistance in January on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Offers matching dollar program, matching up to $1,500 per year in donations raised by applicant, family or friends during a specific time period
  • Funds grants for doctors conducting promising research about leukemia.

First Hand Foundation 
Contact: 816-201-1569
Population served: Children 18 years of age or younger, or 18 to 21 years of age if the applicant is in a child-like mental state, worldwide
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.

FHF provides funding for clinical necessities (such as medication, therapy and surgery), medical equipment and travel related to a child's care. Included are:

  • Treatment: clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
  • Equipment: wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
  • Displacement: lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
  • Vehicle modifications: lifts, ramps and transfer boards.

Friends of Man
Contact: 303-798-2342
Population served: Children, families, elderly, the disabled and those who fall through the safety net of available assistance

Mission: Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, gives help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn.

  • Each case is considered on an individual basis in relation to guidelines which accompany the application
  • Referrals are accepted from professionals such as social workers, teachers, health providers, clergy
  • Examples of help provided include, but not limited to: Mobility Equipment: (prostheses, wheelchairs, van lifts, and modifications, ramps, home modifications); Medical Equipment and Procedures such as Hearing Aids, Dentures, Glasses; Clothing for Children, Food, Short-term Daycare,
  • Prescriptions, Cobra/Health Insurance.

Helping Other People Everyday (HOPE)
Population served: Patients in the U.S. needing brand name medications

Mission: HOPE is an organization that specializes in matching you with medicine and prescription assistance programs.

  • Applicants must have an income that falls in their allowed range to qualify, and not have prescription drug coverage.

Needy Meds
Contact: 800-503-6897
Population served: People needing financial assistance for medication and related health care costs in the U.S.
Other language(s): Spanish. Brochures in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Khmer (Cambodian) explain how to use website.

Mission: To help people in need find financial assistance programs that help them afford their medications and costs related to health care.  Needy Meds is an online information resource.

Offers information about:

  • Coupons, rebates, discounts and more offered by various drug companies
  • Application Assistance: organizations that assist patients with completing Patient Assistance Program (PAP) applications for free or a small fee
  • Disease-Based Assistance programs: for specific diseases or medical conditions
  • Free and low cost clinics searchable by state
  • Drug Discount Cards to help people save on their prescriptions; vary widely from company to company
  • Needy Meds free discount card that you can download from the website; requires no registration or identifying information.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
Contact: 888-477-2669 for adults, 877-369-1477 for children
Population served: Patients in the U.S., caregivers, professionals
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

  • Offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies
  • Offers additional website designed to help low-income, uninsured kids get access to patient assistance programs where they may qualify for free, or nearly free, prescription medicines.

Contact: Website only
Population served: Patients in the U.S. needing financial assistance to obtain needed medications, health professionals

Mission: RxAssist is an online resource center with information about patient assistance programs, Medicare Part D, programs for low cost medications and other issues related to pharmaceutical access.

Contact: 877-267-0517
Population served: Patients in the U.S. needing financial assistance to obtain needed medications, health professionals

Mission: To help patients determine if they are eligible for pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs (for free or discounted brand name drugs) and then help guide patients through that process.

The Max Foundation
Contact: 888-462-9368 International: +1-425-778-8660
Population served: People with a diagnosis of a blood cancer or rare cancer, caregivers, health professionals
Other language(s): Spanish, French

Mission: To improve the lives and survival rates of people living with blood cancer and rare cancers worldwide, with a focus on underserved populations in developing countries.

  • Provides free services of advocacy, emotional support, informational referrals and fundraising mentorship
  • Facilitates access to treatment, partners with healthcare providers and builds advocacy efforts in communities around the world.
last updated on Friday, December 05, 2014