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What Is Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage)?

Medicare prescription drug coverage is insurance run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. There are two ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage:

  1. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. These plans (sometimes called "PDPs") add drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans.
     
  2. Medicare Advantage Plans (like an HMO or PPO) are other Medicare health plans that offer Medicare prescription drug coverage. You get all of your Part A and Part B coverage, and prescription drug coverage (Part D), through these plans. Medicare Advantage Plans with prescription drug coverage are sometimes called "MA-PDs."

If you decide not to join a Medicare drug plan when you’re first eligible, and you don’t have other credible prescription drug coverage, you will likely pay a late enrollment penalty.

How Much Does Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Cost?

Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered. The Medicare Drug Plan Finder can help you find and compare plans in your area.
Your Part D monthly premium could be higher based on your income. This includes Part D coverage you get from a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, or a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Cost Plan that includes Medicare prescription drug coverage. If your modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago (the most recent tax return information provided to Social Security by the IRS) is above a certain amount, you will pay a higher monthly premium.  For more information, visit Social Security’s website.

Many people qualify to get Extra Help paying their Medicare prescription drug costs but don’t know it. Most who qualify and join a Medicare drug plan will get 95% of their costs covered. Don’t miss out on a chance to save. Extra Help and other programs (like Medicare Savings Programs) may help make your health care and prescription drug costs more affordable.

How Do I Get Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage?

To join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, you must have Medicare Part A or Part B. To join a Medicare Advantage Plan, you must have Part A and Part B. You must also live in the service area of the Medicare drug plan you want to join.

Remember, costs and coverage varies with each plan. Check out the Medicare Drug Plan Finder can help you find and compare plans in your area. Medicare also has information on quality to help you compare plans.

If you have employer or union coverage, call your benefits administrator before you make any changes, to before you sign up for any other coverage. If you drop your employer or union coverage, you may not be able to get it back. You also may not be able to drop your employer or union drug coverage without also dropping your employer or union health (doctor and hospital) coverage. If you drop coverage for yourself, you may also have to drop coverage for your spouse and dependants.

Once you choose a Medicare drug plan, you may be able to join by completing a paper application, calling the plan, or enrolling on the plan’s Web site or on the Medicare Drug Plan Finder. You can also enroll by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1‑877-486-2048. When you join a Medicare drug plan, you will have to provide your Medicare number and the date your Part A and/or Part B coverage started. This information is on your Medicare card. Note: Medicare drug plans aren’t allowed to call you to enroll you in a plan. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to report a plan that does this.

 

How Does My Other Insurance Work with Medicare Drug Coverage?

If you have other insurance, find it below to understand how it works with, or is affected by, Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Employer or Union Health Coverage

This is health coverage based on your, your spouse’s, or other family member's current or former employment. If you have prescription drug coverage based on employment, the employer or union will notify you each year to let you know if your drug coverage is creditable. Keep the information you get.
If you join a Medicare drug plan, you, your spouse, or your dependants may lose your employer or union health coverage. Call your benefits administrator for more information before making any changes to your coverage.

COBRA

This is a Federal law that may allow you to temporarily keep employer or union health coverage after the employment ends or after you lose coverage as a dependent of the covered employee.

There may be reasons why you should take Part B instead of COBRA. However, if you take COBRA and it includes creditable prescription drug coverage, you will have a special enrollment period to join a Medicare drug plan without paying a penalty when the COBRA coverage ends. Talk with your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to see if COBRA is a good choice for you.

Medigap (Medicare Supplement Insurance) Policy with Prescription Drug Coverage

Medigap policies are no longer sold with prescription drug coverage, but if you have drug coverage under a current Medigap policy, you can keep it. But you may want to join a Medicare drug plan instead, because most Medigap drug coverage isn’t creditable.
If you join a Medicare drug plan, your Medigap insurance company must remove the prescription drug coverage under your Medigap policy and adjust your premiums. Call your Medigap insurance company for more information.

The types of insurance listed below are all considered creditable prescription drug coverage. If you have one of these types of insurance, in most cases, it will be to your advantage to keep your current coverage.

Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP)

If you join a Medicare drug plan, you can keep your FEHBP plan, and your plan will let you know who pays first. For more information, contact the Office of Personnel Management at 1-888-767-6738, or visit the Office of Personnel Management website. TTY users should call 1-800-878-5707. You can also call your plan if you have questions.

Veterans Benefits

You may be able to get prescription drug coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program. You may join a Medicare drug plan, but if you do, you can’t use both types of coverage for the same prescription. For more information, call the VA at 1-800-827-1000, or visit the VA website. TTY users should call 1-800-829-4833.

TRICARE (Military Health Benefits)

Most people with TRICARE who are entitled to Part A must have Part B to keep TRICARE prescription drug benefits. If you have TRICARE, you aren’t required to join a Medicare drug plan. If you do, your Medicare drug plan pays first, and TRICARE pays second. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan with prescription drug coverage, TRICARE won’t pay for your prescription drugs. For more information, call the TRICARE pharmacy contractor at 1 877 363 8779, or visit the TRICARE website. TTY users should call 1-877-540-6261.

Indian Health Services

If you get prescription drugs through an Indian health pharmacy, you pay nothing and your coverage won’t be interrupted. Joining a Medicare drug plan may help your Indian health provider with costs, because the drug plan pays part of the cost of your prescriptions. Talk to your benefits coordinator - they can help you choose a plan that meets your needs and explain how Medicare works with your health care system.

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Extra Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

Medicare beneficiaries can now qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Information on the Extra Help program

See if you qualify for Extra Help and apply

Extra Help forms and publications

Extra Help information for caregivers and organizations

Extra Help information in other languages

Information on the review of your eligibility

The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare

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Michigan Free Or Low Cost Prescription Medication Programs

Michigan's Prescription Drug Discount Card:
The MiRx Card is a prescription drug discount program for Michigan residents who do not have any prescription drug coverage.  Learn more about the MiRx Card here

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Michigan:
This program can help low income people find discount prescription drugs.  Learn more about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance here.

Find general information on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Michigan here.

RxAssist Patient Assistance Program Center:
RxAssist has information on free or low cost medication.   Learn about free and low cost medication programs through RxAssist.

Find general information on RxAssist here.

Together Rx Access:
The Together Rx Access Card is a free prescription savings card for eligible residents of the United States and Puerto Rico who have no prescription drug coverage.  Apply for Together Rx Access.

Find general information on Together Rx Access.

Michigan Drug Prices.com:
This Michigan Department of Community Health website can help you compare prices for prescription drugs among pharmacies.  Use Michigan Drug Prices.com.

Free Clinics:
Some free clinics offer prescription assistance to people without insurance.  Find a free clinic near you.

Find general information on free clinics here.

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Illinois Prescription Drug Coverage Programs

Illinois Cares Rx

SeniorCare and the Circuit Breaker pharmaceutical assistance programs have joined to form Illinois Cares Rx, a new program to help pay for your prescriptions. Illinois Cares Rx provides a safety net for seniors and persons with disabilities so they won't have to pay more out of pocket under the new Medicare plan. To find out more, call the Illinois Health Benefits Hotline at 1-800-226-0768 (TTY: 1-866-675-8440). or visit the Illinois Cares Rx Web site.

Illinois Rx Buying Club

Illinois Rx Buying Club is available to uninsured Illinoisans who meet certain income limits. Members save an average of 24% on hundreds of the most popular prescription drugs. To find out if you're eligible for the Illinois Rx Buying Club, visit the Rx Buying Club Web site or call 1-866-215-3463 (TTY: 1-866-215-3479) for more information.

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

If you have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS you maybe eligible for prescription drug assistance though the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Visit the ADAP Web site or call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-825-3518 or 217-524-5983, TTY: 1-800-547-0466.

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Indiana Hoosier Rx Program For Seniors

HoosierRx Helps Pay for your Medicare Part D Plan

Indiana’s State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program, HoosierRx, can help pay the monthly Part D premium, up to $70 per month, for members enrolled in a Medicare Part D Plan working with HoosierRx.

To be eligible for HoosierRx you must:

  1. Be an Indiana resident, 65 years old or older.
  2. Have a yearly income of $16,485 or less for a single person, or $22,095 or less for a married couple living together.
  3. Have applied for the “Medicare Extra Help” through Social Security to pay for your Medicare Part D plan, and received either a “Notice of Award” or “Notice of Denial” from Social Security.
    • Your Social Security “Notice of Denial” must be because your resources are above the limit established by law.
    • Your Social Security “Notice of Award” must state that you are receiving partial extra help subsidy to help pay for your Medicare Part D premium.

If you think you meet these eligibility requirements please call a HoosierRx representative at 1-866-267-4679 or visit the HoosierRx website at www.IN.gov/HoosierRx.

Companies offering Prescription Drug Plans working with HoosierRx: AARP/United Healthcare, CIGNA Healthcare, Clarian Health Plans (with Part D coverage), Community Care Rx, Coventry AdvantraRx, EnvisionRx, First Health, PrescribaRx, SilverScript, and WellCare.

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Nevada Prescription Help For Those With Disabilities

Effective January 1, 2007, the state of Nevada began providing assistance with the cost of prescription medicines to qualified individuals with disabilities. Eligibility requirements are:

  • Age 18 through 61 with verifiable disability

  • Nevada resident continuously for at least the last 12 months

  • Annual income no more than $25,477 for singles and $33,963 for couples

Disability Rx Enrollment for Nevada’s Disability Rx prescription program is open. Unfortunately, a limited amount of funding is available and a waiting list has been established. As funds become available, the lowest household income designated on the waiting list will receive priority for enrollment.

This is an on-line application. You can fill out the form on-line, print it, and then mail it to the address provided.

For an application or additional Disability Rx information, dial 687-4210, ext. 244 if calling from the Reno-Carson City-Gardnerville areas, or if outside this area call toll-free 1-866-303-6323

Based on funding availability, the benefits are ...

    For those who are Not Medicare Eligible:    

  • No monthly premium

  • No deductible

  • Co-payments of $10 for generics or $25 for preferred brands

  • Annual coverage limit of $5,100

    For those who are Medicare Eligible:    

  • Help with monthly premiums for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (if not qualified for maximum help from Medicare with that expense)

  • Help with prescription costs after reaching the Medicare Part D coverage limit

If you think you qualify, click here for the PDF application.

This is an on-line application. You can fill out the form on-line, print it, and then mail it to the address provided

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You can print the application, fill it out, then mail it to the address provided.
                               For more information call:
                                
  1 - 866- 303-6323
 

 
Sunday February 13th 2011

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Qualifications for Disability Rx
 
The maximum annual household income for singles is $25,477, and the maximum annual household income for married couples is $33,963.
 

Pharmacy Locator
 
 
 

Nevada Disability Rx
Department of Health and Human Services
3416 Goni Road, Suite B-113,
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 687-4210, opt 7 Fax: (775) 687-3499

Nevada Disability Rx Information Call:
687-4210, opt 7 in the Reno-Carson City-Gardnerville area, or if outside these areas call toll-free
1-866-303-6323

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Links

The following organizations provide MS support, Multiple Sclerosis support group information and more information on the disease.
Accelerated Cure Project
Consortium of MS Centers
International Multiple Sclerosis Support Foundation
Medline Plus - A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation
National Institute of Neurological Disorders
National MS Society

Resource & Support Materials:

Weekly Medication Schedule

Clinical Trials and Medical Research.

A clinical trial is a rigorously controlled test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on human subjects. In the United States, it is conducted under the direction of the FDA before being made available for general clinical use. If you're looking for up-to-date information about federally and privately supported MS clinical research studies, ClinicalTrials.gov helps link MS patients to medical research.
 

Financial Support for People Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Beyond the traditional resources and Multiple Sclerosis support group connections, some MS patients find they need financial support because the expense of on-going treatment can sometimes become more than they'd planned. There are places to turn for financial support.
 

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Starting January 1, 2006, Medicare will offer new prescription drug coverage. This new coverage can provide help with your drug costs, no matter how you pay for your drugs today.

Everyone with Medicare can join a drug plan to get this coverage. And, everyone with Medicare must make a decision about his or her drug coverage. That's why it's important that you read The Medicare Handbook to learn the basics about how the new drug coverage can work for you, based on the type of coverage you currently have. Pay special attention to the information in Section 6 of the handbook about Medicare's new prescription drug coverage.

Source: The official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare Visit the official Medicare website for current information regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and information that will help you make a decision on your new Medicare coverage.
 

Programs From Multiple Sclerosis Drug Manufacturers

The following is a list of some drug manufacturers that offer financial assistance programs for people living with Multiple Sclerosis who cannot afford to buy the medications they have been prescribed. You are encouraged to call these manufacturers directly for more information on these programs. If you need financial assistance for a drug not listed here, please contact one of our pharmacists.
 

Drug Name Manufacturer Telephone Number
Avonex Biogen Idec 800-456-2255
Rebif Serono: MS Lifelines 877-447-3243
Betaseron Berlex Laboratories 800-788-1467
Copaxone Teva Neuroscience 800-887-8100
Novantrone Serono: MS Lifelines 877-447-3243
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Resources And Financial Assistance For Cancer Patients

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor takes a toll on a patient and the family, not only physically and emotionally, but also financially.  Below, you will find information about various sources of financial assistance that may help alleviate some of the stress of this difficult time. 
 

MEDICAL CARE
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI)
800-772-1213
www.socialsecurity.gov
Contact your local Social Security Office to determine if you qualify for SSI or SSDI. The medical requirements and disability determination process are the same under both programs.  Eligibility for SSDI is based on prior work under Social Security, while SSI is based on financial need.

HILL-BURTON FUNDS
800-638-0742
www.hrsa.gov/hillburton/hillburtonfacilities.htm 
Hill-Burton Funds are federal grants that allow hospitals and nursing homes to provide low-cost or no-cost medical care to those meeting income guidelines. Contact Hill-Burton to receive a listing of hospitals or nursing homes participating in the program. Funding and sites are limited. 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' BUREAU OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
888-275-4772
http://bphc.hrsa.gov
Provides information on public programs for the uninsured. 
 


PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (PAP's)
Most major pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs offering free or low cost medication to those who cannot afford their prescriptions. 

PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
800-762-4636
www.phrma.org
Provides guidelines and listings of PAP's.Your physician must complete the medication request. 

PARTNERSHIP FOR PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
888-477-2669  
www.pparx.org
Offers a single point of access to more than 475 public, state and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

MEDICARE RIGHTS CENTER
212-869-3850
www.medicarerights.org
Provides information on how to locate prescription assistance or discount programs.

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
800-MEDICARE
www.medicare.gov
The Medicare Prescription Drug program gives patients a choice of prescription plans that offer various types of coverage.  You may be able to get extra help to pay for the premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments related to the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage program.  However, you must be enrolled in the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage program to get this extra help. 

DISCOUNTED PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAMS
Discounted prescription drugs are available at discount stores across the country. Check with the pharmacy currently filling your prescription(s) to see if they have discounted prescription drugs. If you are not using generic drugs, ask your doctor if any generic drugs are an appropriate choice for your prescription. 

WAL-MART PHARMACY SITE
www.walmart.com/pharmacy
Wal-Mart offers a 90 day precription supply for just $10. $4 generics offered through the Wal-Mart program included multiple strengths of dexamethasone (a steroid), prednisone (a steroid), carbamazapine (an antiepileptic drug), and several antidepressants. 

WEGMAN'S FOOD MARKETS
www.wegmans.com/pdf/wegmans90DayGeneric.pdf
Some of the programs offer 30-day supplies, some are 90-day supplies, but each is offered at discounted rates. Their program includes a 90-day supply for $11.99.

TARGET
http://sites.target.com/site/en/health/generic_drugs.jsp

CO-PAY ASSISTANCE

HEALTHWELL FOUNDATION
800-675-8416
www.healthwellfoundation.org
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.

PATIENT ADVOCATE FOUNDATION
866-512-3861
www.copays.org
Their Co-Pay Relief Program offers co-payment assistance to patients with brain cancer.  Program accepts calls beginning the first of each month until funds are depleted.  Providers can also apply on behalf of their patients online. 



UTILITIES

-Assistance programs are offered by many gas, electric, water, and phone companies. 

-If you feel you may have difficulty paying your monthly bills, contact the company before your balance becomes too large.  Companies are more amenable to working out a payment plan with those willing to work with them. 

-Many states have regulations that prohibit companies from turning off utilities; your doctor or social worker may need to write letters describing why the service(s) are medically necessary.  The regulations do not diminish your responsibility for paying the bills, but may allow you more time or lower monthly payments. 

-In an emergency situation, check with local help lines and social service agencies as some provide one-time emergency help with utility bills.

LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)
866-674-6327
www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/index.html
Helps low-income households meet their home energy needs.
For state and local contact information, please access: http://liheap.ncat.org/profiles/energyhelp.htm


GASOLINE ASSISTANCE

FREE GAS USA, INC.
www.freegasusa.org
A nationwide non-profit assistance program for low-income people having trouble paying for gasoline. Applications can be made for gas grant cards that range in value from $50 to $1200, depending on need and circumstances. In order to be eligible for a gas card a person’s yearly income must be at or below the “very low limit” category as defined by the US Department of HUD.  An income calculator is available at the website.  Applications are only available online, must be substantiated by a human service agency and applicants must be residents of the United States. 
 


MEDICAL SUPPLIES

THE CANCER FUND OF AMERICA
800-578-5284
www.cfoa.org
Provides for non-prescription medical needs such as nutritional supplements or incontinence supplies.  Items available vary as the group receives donated products from companies.  Patients or families members can call and be placed in their database for specific needs.
 


GENERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S AGENCIES
800-634-7346
www.ajfca.org
Agencies provide help for medical equipment, supplies, prescriptions and transportation to medical care.

BLEED PURPLE
877-787-7558
www.bleedpurple.org
Provides grants to individuals with a cancer diagnosis who are currently in college or on a leave of absence from an undergraduate university. Priority will be given to individuals that incur substantial medical bills.

BRENDA MEHLING CANCER FUND
661-310-7940
www.bmcf.net
The BMCF supports patients 18-40 currently undergoing cancer treatment with services to meet daily needs. It provides home health care services, co-payments required by many health plans for medical care, temporary housing, and other expenses for those temporarily unable to pay bills like rent, insurance, and food.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES, USA
703-549-1390
www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Some local offices have limited funding available to provide emergency financial assistance.

CANCER CARE
800-813-HOPE
www.cancercare.org
Offer a variety of financial assistance programs, call for eligibility requirements.

FRIENDS OF MAN
303-798-2342
www.friendsofman.org
Friends of Man is an all volunteer charity to help people with basic or special needs that cannot be provided elsewhere. They will assist with prostheses, wheelchairs, medical equipment, mobility equipment, hearing aids and orthopedic shoes. Application must be filled out by a healthcare professional.

LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY CO-PAY ASSISTANCE FUND
877-557-2672
www.leukemia-lymphoma.org
Provides co-pay assistance funds for patients with CNS Lymphoma, up to $5,000 per calendar year. This program offers assistance towards the cost of private health insurance premiums and co-pays as well as Medicare co-pays and premiums. As well as costs related to prescription medications.

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
0808-800-1234
www.macmillan.org.uk
Provides financial help for those individuals in the UK only who are having financial difficulty as a result of their illness.

MISSION4MAUREEN
www.mission4maureen.com
Mission4Maureen is dedicated to providing financial assistance to families who are burdened with the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment.  Financial aid is available for medical bills as well as child care, housing payments, utility bills, transportation, medication and other areas of assistance.  An application with supporting documentation is required. 

NETWISH
www.netwish.org
Will provide assistance, up to $500.00 for those who are able to demonstrate a financial need.

NO WOODEN NICKELS
www.nowoodennickels.org
Provides assistance to cancer patients in the following areas: medical expenses, transportation assistance, utilities, meals, home care, child care and special clothing needs. 

RISE ABOVE IT
www.raibenefit.org
RAI is focused on providing financial assistance to young adult patients battling cancer.  Patients need to have been diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 39 and must be undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.  Requests may be made for medical expenses, housing costs, travel expenses as well as food, clothing and utility bills.  

SALVATION ARMY
703-684-5500
www.salvationarmyusa.org
Local units can offer emergency financial assistance to families.

SURVIVING AND MOVING FORWARD:
THE SAMFUND FOR YOUNG ADULT SURVIVORS OF CANCER
www.thesamfund.org
Provide various grants and scholarships to young adult survivors, ages 18-35, to help supplement the money that they and their families have lost during treatment, and pay for specific transitional issues, such as education, fertility options, living, job search and lingering medical expenses.
 



FOOD PROGRAMS

-Meals on Wheels coordinates thousands of programs throughout the United States dedicated to delivering meals to those who are homebound.  Some programs require a small donation.  Each program determines eligibility.  For a referral to the Meals on Wheels serving your area, contact the national Eldercare office at 800-677-1116. 

-To locate additional food program options including congregate meal programs, contact MealCall at www.MealCall.org or and search their database for programs in your area.  MealCall offers databases for both the United States as well as Canada.

-Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States.  Participants can purchase groceries at a reduced cost through one of their host sites. There are currently sites in 32 different states.  Visit their website at www.angelfoodministries.com or call 877-366-3646 to see if there is a program near you. 
 



PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

CANCER RECOVERY PROGRAM
800-238-6479
www.CancerRecovery.org
The Children’s Project provides gift bags, camp scholarships and limited emergency funding to pediatric oncology patients under the age of 18, in the United States.

CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS IN CHILDREN RELIEF FUND
800-882-1435
Provides financial assistance to families who have a disabled child through the age of 21 generally to reimburse medical or equipment costs.

CLAYTON DABNEY FOUNDATION FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
214-361-2600
www.claytondabney.org
Provides gifts, last wishes and financial assistance to families which will facilitate quality of family life and create everlasting memories.  Child must be considered terminal, under the age of 21 and be referred by a healthcare professional.  Cap per family is usually $2,000. 

FIRST HAND FOUNDATION
816-201-1569
www.firsthandfoundation.org
First Hand Foundation assists individual children who have health related needs and no financial resources to cover these expenses.

FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER
314-843-9300
www.childrenwithcancer.org
Family must be referred by a healthcare professional and payments go directly to the vendor.  There is currently a $500 limit per family.

FRIENDS4MICHAEL FOUNDATION
845-774-4809
www.friends4michael.org
Provides nonmedical financial assistance to children, up to the age of 18 at the time of diagnosis, afflicted with brain tumor and currently undergoing medical treatment. Requests must be submitted by a social worker. 

JAKE OWEN RABORN FOUNDATION
888-356-5253
www.jakesfoundation.org
Provides financial assistance to children diagnosed with pediatric cancer. 

JESICA’S HOPE CHEST
www.4jhc.org
Jesica's Hope Chest is dedicated to helping critically ill children and their families with costs beyond what is normally covered by private insurance policies and/or government medical assistance programs. They provide funds for such things as transportation and housing costs during treatment. JHC can also help supplement family income when a parent is unable to work due to a child's illness.

JUSTIN SCOTT FOSTER FOUNDATION
973-448-1871
www.jsffoundation.com
Provides financial assistance to the families that are in financial crisis due to childhood cancer through their Family Emergency Financial Aid Program.

KELLY ANN DOLAN MEMORIAL FUND
215-643-0763
www.kadmf.org
Provides financial assistance to families of terminally, critically and chronically ill children. Referral must come from a healthcare worker. Child must reside in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.

MELONHEAD FOUNDATION
888-Melon-21
www.melonhead.org
Supports the needs of children with cancer and their families who are seeking alternative methods of healing.  The foundation also disperses funds to patients for treatment needs and to the families for their personal needs.

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY
800-5-FAMILY
www.nationalchildrenscancersociety.org
Provides financial and in-kind assistance to children with cancer.

NICKI LEACH FOUNDATION
904-280-8916
www.nickileach.org
Provides financial assistance to children and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 diagnosed with a life threatening, malignant medical condition. Helps with the costs of items they normally would not ask for but would love to receive, and provides a momentary diversion from the reality of living with cancer.  Funding may help with car expenses, clothing, hair or makeup as well as for the purchase of a camera, computer or special trip.

ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL
901-495-3300
www.stjude.org
Offers treatment protocols for pediatric brain tumors. All patients accepted are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay.  Referral must be made through a physician.

UNITED HEALTHCARE CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
952-992-4459
www.unitedhealthcarechildrensfoundation.org
Offers financial assistance to cover medical services beyond what insurance will cover or if service is not covered by the policy at all.   Children are eligible up to the age of 17, who are US citizens and are currently covered under a commercial health insurance policy.  Generally assistance must be requested before services are obtained and funds will generally be paid directly to the facility.  Grants up to $5,000 per year, with a lifetime cap of $7,500. 


MISCELANEOUS PROGRAMS

CLEANING FOR A REASON
877-337-3348
www.cleaningforareason.org
This non-profit offers free professional housecleaning services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer.  Provides once a month cleaning for four months.  Currently available in approximately 40 states and Canada.

NATIONAL FOUNDATION OF DENTISTRY FOR THE HANDICAPPED
303-534-5360
www.nfdh.org
This organization offers a Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.  DDS tends to the dental needs of the disabled, elderly or medically compromised individuals who cannot afford the necessary dental treatment.  Their website offers contact information for each state to help you locate a participating program in your area.
 


GENERAL INFORMATION

NEW ENGLAND SERVE
617-574-9493
www.neserve.org
Offers a publication entitled, Paying the Bills, which offers tips for families on financing healthcare for their children with special needs.  It is available by calling or is downloadable at their website.

DIGNITY RESOURCES
877-563-2100
www.DignityResources.com
Website offers information on selling life insurance policies, reverse mortgages, COBRA, and HIPAA.  They will review your individual case at no charge, to see which, if any, of these options is the best financial choice in your situation.  

PATIENT ADVOCATE FOUNDATION
800-532-5274
www.PatientAdvocate.org
Website offers a state by state directory of information for patients seeking financial relief for a broad range of needs including housing, utilities, food, transportation to medical treatment, and children's resources.  Click on Resources, then Publications and finally, The National Financial Resources Guidebook for Patients, to search this directory. 


VIATICAL SETTLEMENT COMPANIES

Viatical companies purchase a patient's life insurance policy at a discounted rate, providing funds for the patient to use in any way they wish.  The seller, in turn, signs over the policy to the viatical company.  In general, any life insurance policy - group or individual - can be sold.  The rate of return and eligibility criteria varies with each company, so carefully consider the offers of several companies.  Tax implications and/or the effect of a viatical settlement on assistance programs should also be explored.  A free brochure “Viatical Settlements: A Guide for People with Terminal Illnesses” can be obtained free by calling the Federal Trade Commission at 202-326-2222 or www.ftc.gov.

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Prescription Drug Assistance For Breast Cancer Patients

Prescription drugs can quickly become a financial burden for you and your family. To help pay for this expense, many insurers offer a prescription drug plan. While automatically included in some health insurance plans, it can also be bought separately. Under most of these plans, you either pay a set amount for each filled prescription (for example, $10) or a set percentage of a drug's retail cost. These plans often have some coverage limits.

Medicare prescription drug plans now offer prescription drug assistance. Before signing up for one of these plans, it’s important to learn about the benefits provided by the different plans. For information on these Medicare drug benefits, call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov.

For those with limited income who are struggling to pay for prescription drugs, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) offers low-cost and free prescription programs.

Support for prescription medications is also provided by some non-profit agencies like CancerCare. CancerCare’s Linking A.R.M.S.(TM) program helps qualified persons with breast cancer throughout the United States who are low-income, under-insured or uninsured. Financial assistance grants cover the costs of oral chemotherapy and hormone therapy medications, pain and anti-nausea medications, lymphedema support and supplies and durable medical equipment through a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and CancerCare. Call Komen’s breast cancer helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) for more information.

Prescription drug and medical equipment assistance with Linking A.R.M.S.™
Linking A.R.M.S.™ is a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and CancerCare. For those who are eligible, Linking A.R.M.S.TM provides financial assistance grants of up to $350. These grants can be used for oral chemotherapy and hormonal therapy medications, pain and anti-nausea medication, medical equipment and lymphedema support and supplies.

PAF Co-Pay Relief Program
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has partnered with the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) to provide support for eligible persons. The Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance. The program offers personal service to all patients through the use of call counselors; personally guiding patients through the enrollment process. www.copays.org

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AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings program for people without insurance

Helping you get the medicines you need.

The AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings program for people without insurance is designed to provide AstraZeneca medicines at no cost to qualified patients. This patient prescription assistance program can help patients who do not have prescription drug coverage and who meet other eligibility criteria.

Highlights

  • AstraZeneca medicines provided at no cost
  • There is NO cost to sign up for the program
  • Once accepted, you remain enrolled for up to one year. At the end of that year you can reapply.
  • Mailed to the home or physician’s office
  • You or your doctor can request refills.
  • Review the list of medicines available through this program.
  • Convenient online self-service tool to enroll, re-enroll, check enrollment or shipment status or to request a refill

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have an annual household income* at or below:
    $30,000 for a single person
    $40,000 for a family of two
    $50,000 for a family of three
    $60,000 for a family of four
    $70,000 for a family of five
    * Income limits might be higher in Alaska and Hawaii.
  • You do not receive prescription drug coverage under any private insurance or any other coverage that provides assistance to help pay for medicines, such as:
    • Employer furnished or private prescription drug coverage
    • VA or Military Benefits
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B (covers some injectable medicines)
    • Medicare Part D*
    • State assistance program for medicines (SPAP, SCHIP, PACE, etc.)
      * Individuals enrolled in Medicare Part D may be eligible for the AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings program for people with Medicare Part D

What if you are enrolled in Medicare and Qualify for the Limited Income Subsidy?

Patients who are in Medicare and may be eligible for the Limited Income Subsidy (“LIS”) can apply to the AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings program for people without insurance.

  • When you apply to this program, you will receive information and one-on-one education designed to help with the LIS application process.
  • During the processing of your LIS application, you may be temporarily enrolled in the AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program. This means you could receive your AstraZeneca medicine(s) from the Program while you wait for your LIS application results.
  • Once the Social Security Administration confirms that you have qualified for the LIS, you are no longer eligible for the AZ&Me Prescription Savings program because you will have access to affordable, comprehensive coverage. You will no longer receive AstraZeneca medicines through the AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program.
  • If the Social Security Administration denies your application for LIS, our assistance specialists can help you complete the enrollment process for the AZ&Me Prescription Savings program for people without insurance, so you can continue receiving your AstraZeneca medicine(s).  

What if you do not qualify for the Limited Income Subsidy and are not enrolled in Medicare Part D?

  • You may apply to the AZ&Me Prescription Savings program for people without insurance and get one-on-one support to help you identify and access health and prescription drug coverage and services for which you may qualify.
  • If you have not enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan, and if you meet the other eligibility criteria, you may be eligible for the AZ&Me Prescription Savings program for people without insurance. 

How to apply

The AZ&Me Prescription Savings program for people without insurance offers an easy application process that can help you receive your AstraZeneca medicines quickly.  

To apply to the Program:

  1.  Download the application ( In English | En Español), click here to enroll online, or call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363). Have your doctor's office help you complete the appropriate sections of the application. 
  2. Include the required financial information* and your signature.
    * Acceptable forms for financial documentation include a copy of last year’s federal income tax returns for yourself, your spouse and dependents, a Social Security Benefit Verification Statement or all income statements from jobs (W-2 or 1099)
  3. If you are not a US citizen, you must also provide a valid US Green Card number or a confirmation letter from the government stating that you have applied for a US Green Card or a Work Visa number.
  4. Include a valid prescription for your AstraZeneca medicine(s) from your doctor.
  5. Mail the completed application, financial information, and prescription(s) to:
    AZ&Me Prescription Savings Programs
    PO Box 66551
    St. Louis, MO 63166-6551
    OR
    Fax: 1-800-961-8323
  6. If you have questions about the application process, or to learn more about whether or not you or a family member may qualify for this program, call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM EST.  

AZ&Me Prescriptions Savings program for people without insurance medicine list

These are the medicines you may access through the AZ&Me Prescription Savings program for people without insurance. Click on a medicine name for more details, to access the product web site, or to read the full prescribing information.

Medicine name

Strength
Cardiovascular and Metabolic
ATACAND® (candesartan cilexetil)  4 mg, 8 mg, 16 mg, 32 mg 
ATACAND HCT® (candesartan cilexetil-hydrochlorothiazide) 16/12.5 mg, 32/12.5 mg, 32/25 mg 
CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg
TOPROL-XL® (metoprolol succinate) 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg
Infection
MERREM® I.V. (meropenem for injection) .5 g/20 ml, 1 g/30 ml 
Gastrointestinal
NEXIUM® (esomeprazole magnesium) 20 mg, 40 mg
NEXIUM® (esomeprazole magnesium) For Oral Suspension 10 mg, 40 mg
NEXIUM® I.V. (esomeprazole sodium) Injection 20 mg, 40 mg
Neuroscience
SEROQUEL® (quetiapine fumarate)   25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg  
SEROQUEL XR® (quetiapine fumarate) 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg
VIMOVO™ (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium) Delayed-Release Tablets 375/20 mg, 500/20 mg
ZOMIG-ZMT® (zolmitriptan)
Orally Disintegrating Tablets
2.5 mg, 5.0 mg
ZOMIG® (zolmitriptan) Nasal Spray 5 mg
ZOMIG® (zolmitriptan) Tablets 2.5 mg, 5.0 mg
Oncology
ARIMIDEX® (anastrozole) Tablets 1 mg
FASLODEX® (fulvestrant) Injection 50 mg/ml 
ZOLADEX® (goserelin acetate implant)   3.6 mg 1-month Depot  
ZOLADEX® (goserelin acetate implant) 10.8 mg 3-month Depot
Respiratory
ACCOLATE® (zafirlukast) Tablets 10 mg, 20 mg
PULMICORT FLEXHALER™ (budesonide inhalation powder, 90 mcg & 180 mcg) 90 mcg, 180 mcg
PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension) 0.25 mg/2 ml, 0.5 mg/2 ml, 1 mg/2 ml
RHINOCORT AQUA® (budesonide) Nasal Spray 32 mcg
SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) 80/4.5 mcg, 160/4.5 mcg
For ATACAND, ATACAND HCT, SEROQUEL, SEROQUEL XR, SYMBICORT and TOPROL-XL, please note boxed WARNING.
 

If you are seeking assistance for ONGLYZA™ (saxagliptin) please contact the BMS Patient Assistance Foundation at 1 (800) 736-0003 for help or visit their web site www.bmspaf.org for Program information or an application. Please note that the AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings Programs may have different eligibility requirements than the BMS Patient Assistance Foundation Program. 

Ordering Program Materials

For Healthcare Professionals that would like to order program materials, please call
1-800-AZandMe (292-6363). Please note that the minimum order quantity is 25.

Learn about other assistance programs

In addition to the programs offered by AstraZeneca, other organizations also offer programs that make medicines affordable for people who need assistance. Learn more about additional programs offered by AstraZeneca and other organizations.

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Cancer Patients - Check Here To Get Help With Cancer Drugs

When do cancer patients need help?

While you may or may not have insurance, there are times when you may need help with payment for your drug. Here are some times when that might happen. (Go directly to Drug Assistance Programs list.)

  • When you have no insurance or have lost your insurance through a job change. If you have no coverage for the particular drug you are on or have no drug coverage at all, you should apply for assistance. Most of the drug companies have programs for their drug, particularly if it is a “brand name” drug. Use our Drug Assistance Programs to get the application and particulars for the drug or drugs that you are on.
  • When you have no coverage for your particular drug. You may have coverage when your drug is given in the doctor’s office or hospital, but you have no prescription coverage. Or, you may have coverage for all drugs, but there is no coverage for your drug with your diagnosis. In both of these cases, you should apply for assistance. Click on the Drug Assistance Programs.
  • When you think you cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs of your insurance. There is help for co-pays, premiums, deductibles, and other patient costs associated with cancer drugs. These are qualified by the particular cancer that you have. While all of these costs may not be covered, there may be some help for people with your diagnosis. Click on the Drug Assistance Programs.

What kind of help is available?
 

  • For qualified patients, there is assistance with all aspects of drug payment. This means you can get qualified for “free” drugs, or you can find out if you are eligible for some other type of insurance. Qualification is based on your income and, in some cases, your medical expenses. There are some programs that may also ask you about your assets.
  • For qualified patients, there may be help with the patient portion of your cancer drug bill. These programs are accessed by diagnosis and are available for patients in need. Bear in mind that most of the help for patients’ costs are for drugs that are given in your doctor’s office for cancer.
  • For insured patients, lots of these programs will find out what your insurance covers. Cancer drugs can be expensive. So, it is good to find out each time you get a prescription if and how your insurance will pay.
  • For many cancer drugs, all patients can call these programs at a toll-free number and find out about the costs for their drugs . This is a real service, which will cost you nothing and will give you financial peace of mind about your therapy or provide you with other alternatives.
  • Many pharmaceutical companies provide free product samples to individual physicians or groups of physicians. Ask your doctor about the availability of free drug samples. You can learn more about the drug sampling programs of individual pharmaceutical companies by visiting their company websites.

What do I need to do to get help?

You need to be on a drug that has a patient program. We have two options you can look at—one for people who have no coverage (insurance) for their drug or think they might have no coverage and another for folks with trouble paying for their insurance’s share of cost.

  • You need to provide financial and drug information. Most programs are based on federal poverty levels. This means you need to provide these programs with tax forms and/or bank statements that prove what your income is. They will figure out whether you qualify for their programs. Drug companies must establish that you are “in need” before providing assistance. The assistance will be drugs—not money.
  • You need to fill out forms about your drug. In some programs, they want to know about your dose and other prescription information. In most cases, this is provided by the doctor. Some programs will ask you about all the drugs you take because they will subtract these from your income. This will make it easier to qualify.

What does it mean to be “in need”?

  • Most programs use federal poverty levels by family size to qualify you for assistance. These poverty levels are a matter of public record and are on this page for your information. Most programs’ qualifying levels are not publicly available, but our experience tells us that they are set at 250 percent to 450 percent of federal poverty levels. Some programs adjust these for geography; some programs also have an asset qualification, which is described in more detail below.
  • The Federal Poverty Guideline qualification is compared to your income as stated on your tax form. There may be adjustments for geography or extenuating circumstances in your finances as defined by the program.
  • Some programs have an asset qualification. Assets are things like retirement funds, bonds, certificates of deposit, or vacation homes. They usually do not include your residence or car.
  • Some programs will not cover you if they find insurance for you. Patients are always disappointed when they hear this, but the really good news about this is that insurance might cover your other medical costs.

How can I find out if I am “in need”?
 

  • Check out our poverty level eligibility calculator. This will show you where you fall. Most programs will not cover you—depending on your medical expenses—if your household income is higher than 300 percent to 325 percent of federal poverty levels. That does not mean that you should definitely not call. Some of these programs might find other help for you. Additionally, they may know of other programs that you qualify for.
  • Call the program by looking it up in our database (Help for Cancer Patients). You can look it up by drug name, brand name, or manufacturer. You can also find out some other information about the drug. There’s even an application there for some programs.
  • File an application. Most of the time, you cannot file an application online. There is usually a requirement for a signature, but you can get an application through our website most of the time. You also should pull together your tax forms and/or pay stub.
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Getting Help with Cancer Drugs

While you may or may not have insurance, there are times when you may need help with payment for your drug. Here are some times when that might happen. (Go directly to Drug Assistance Programs list.)

  • When you have no insurance or have lost your insurance through a job change. If you have no coverage for the particular drug you are on or have no drug coverage at all, you should apply for assistance. Most of the drug companies have programs for their drug, particularly if it is a “brand name” drug. Use our Drug Assistance Programs to get the application and particulars for the drug or drugs that you are on.
  • When you have no coverage for your particular drug. You may have coverage when your drug is given in the doctor’s office or hospital, but you have no prescription coverage. Or, you may have coverage for all drugs, but there is no coverage for your drug with your diagnosis. In both of these cases, you should apply for assistance. Click on the Drug Assistance Programs.
  • When you think you cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs of your insurance. There is help for co-pays, premiums, deductibles, and other patient costs associated with cancer drugs. These are qualified by the particular cancer that you have. While all of these costs may not be covered, there may be some help for people with your diagnosis. Click on the Drug Assistance Programs.

What kind of help is available?
 

  • For qualified patients, there is assistance with all aspects of drug payment. This means you can get qualified for “free” drugs, or you can find out if you are eligible for some other type of insurance. Qualification is based on your income and, in some cases, your medical expenses. There are some programs that may also ask you about your assets.
  • For qualified patients, there may be help with the patient portion of your cancer drug bill. These programs are accessed by diagnosis and are available for patients in need. Bear in mind that most of the help for patients’ costs are for drugs that are given in your doctor’s office for cancer.
  • For insured patients, lots of these programs will find out what your insurance covers. Cancer drugs can be expensive. So, it is good to find out each time you get a prescription if and how your insurance will pay.
  • For many cancer drugs, all patients can call these programs at a toll-free number and find out about the costs for their drugs . This is a real service, which will cost you nothing and will give you financial peace of mind about your therapy or provide you with other alternatives.
  • Many pharmaceutical companies provide free product samples to individual physicians or groups of physicians. Ask your doctor about the availability of free drug samples. You can learn more about the drug sampling programs of individual pharmaceutical companies by visiting their company websites.

What do I need to do to get help?

You need to be on a drug that has a patient program. We have two options you can look at—one for people who have no coverage (insurance) for their drug or think they might have no coverage and another for folks with trouble paying for their insurance’s share of cost.

  • You need to provide financial and drug information. Most programs are based on federal poverty levels. This means you need to provide these programs with tax forms and/or bank statements that prove what your income is. They will figure out whether you qualify for their programs. Drug companies must establish that you are “in need” before providing assistance. The assistance will be drugs—not money.
  • You need to fill out forms about your drug. In some programs, they want to know about your dose and other prescription information. In most cases, this is provided by the doctor. Some programs will ask you about all the drugs you take because they will subtract these from your income. This will make it easier to qualify.

What does it mean to be “in need”?

  • Most programs use federal poverty levels by family size to qualify you for assistance. These poverty levels are a matter of public record and are on this page for your information. Most programs’ qualifying levels are not publicly available, but our experience tells us that they are set at 250 percent to 450 percent of federal poverty levels. Some programs adjust these for geography; some programs also have an asset qualification, which is described in more detail below.
  • The Federal Poverty Guideline qualification is compared to your income as stated on your tax form. There may be adjustments for geography or extenuating circumstances in your finances as defined by the program.
  • Some programs have an asset qualification. Assets are things like retirement funds, bonds, certificates of deposit, or vacation homes. They usually do not include your residence or car.
  • Some programs will not cover you if they find insurance for you. Patients are always disappointed when they hear this, but the really good news about this is that insurance might cover your other medical costs.

How can I find out if I am “in need”?
 

  • Check out our poverty level eligibility calculator. This will show you where you fall. Most programs will not cover you—depending on your medical expenses—if your household income is higher than 300 percent to 325 percent of federal poverty levels. That does not mean that you should definitely not call. Some of these programs might find other help for you. Additionally, they may know of other programs that you qualify for.
  • Call the program by looking it up in our database (Help for Cancer Patients). You can look it up by drug name, brand name, or manufacturer. You can also find out some other information about the drug. There’s even an application there for some programs.
  • File an application. Most of the time, you cannot file an application online. There is usually a requirement for a signature, but you can get an application through our website most of the time. You also should pull together your tax forms and/or pay stub.
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Worcester, Massachusetts MassMedLine

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What is MassMedLine?

MassMedLine is a free prescription drug information and referral service for Massachusetts residents. The service is a partnership between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester.

Am I eligible?

All residents of Massachusetts are eligible to use MassMedLine. There are no income limits or other eligibility requirements.

What benefits will I get?

You can call the MassMedLine toll-free Helpline at 1-866-633-1617 to get medication counseling, prescription drug plan referrals, and information about ways to get free or discounted drugs. All MassMedLine services are free.

How do I apply?

The first time you call, MassMedLine will ask you to fill out a short form with information about your medications, your income, and your health insurance coverage. You can download the MassMedLine Patient Profile Form (PDF) from the MassMedLine web site, or you can call MassMedLine at 1-866-633-1617. All information you give to MassMedLine is confidential.

 

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Michigan Free or Low Cost Prescription Medication

Michigan's Prescription Drug Discount Card:
The MiRx Card is a prescription drug discount program for Michigan residents who do not have any prescription drug coverage.  Learn more about the MiRx Card here

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Michigan:
This program can help low income people find discount prescription drugs.  Learn more about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance here.

Find general information on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Michigan here.

RxAssist Patient Assistance Program Center:
RxAssist has information on free or low cost medication.   Learn about free and low cost medication programs through RxAssist.

Find general information on RxAssist here.

Together Rx Access:
The Together Rx Access Card is a free prescription savings card for eligible residents of the United States and Puerto Rico who have no prescription drug coverage.  Apply for Together Rx Access.

Find general information on Together Rx Access.

Rx Price Finder:
This Michigan Department of Community Health website can help you compare prices for prescription drugs among pharmacies.  Use the Rx Price Finder page.

Free Clinics:
Some free clinics offer prescription assistance to people without insurance.  Find a free clinic near you.

Find general information on free clinics here.

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Montana Big Sky Rx (BSRx)

Big Sky Rx (BSRx) is dedicated to helping Medicare clients pay for Medicare approved prescription drug insurance premiums.  It is administered by the State of Montana.

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Eligibility Criteria:
  • Montana is your primary state of residence
  • Must be a Medicare recipient
  • Must meet generous income criteria
    • Income less than $21,660 (single person) Or $29,140 (two person household).
    • Assets (your nestegg--for example; IRAs, Bonds, Stocks, Savings Accounts) are NOT income.
Enrollment in BSRx is on-going.  Clients may enroll ANYTIME of the year.
NOTE:  Due to the fact that we are a State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP), clients may enroll in a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) at any time of the year, or change plans once a year.  Clients do not need to wait until the end of the year for the open enrollment period.

Steps to Enroll:

  • Call 1-866-369-1233 for an application or click on the following link:
    www.dphhs.mt.gov/prescriptiondrug/bigskyrxapplicationhand.pdf
  • Complete the entire application, sign it and mail to BSRx.
  • If your income is below $16,245 (single) or $21,855 (two person household) and you have limited assets, fill out an application to apply for Extra Help (LIS) from Social Security. Social Security will determine if you are eligible for the Extra Help (LIS) program and send you a letter, please send a copy to BSRx.
  • Choose a Medicare approved prescription drug plan (PDP).  For help selecting a plan, call 1-800-551-3191 for your local State Health and Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)or www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/services/aging/ship.shtml or go to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare website at www.medicare.gov

For more in-depth information about BSRx:

*This application can only be viewed and downloaded from the internet. A paper copy with a signature must be received by the Big Sky Rx Program to process.

Prescription help for the uninsured or underinsured:

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Extra Help With Prescription Drug Costs

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Some Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs—monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments—related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth an average of $3,900 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Information on the Extra Help program

See if you qualify and apply for Extra Help

Information on the review of your eligibility

Extra Help information in other languages

Extra Help forms and publications

Extra Help information for caregivers and organizations

The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare

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Prescription Drug Assistance Programs To Help Cancer Patients

American Cancer Society

- "Prescription Drug Assistance Programs"

  • There are many public and private resources available to help patients with their medication costs. Some of these programs provide options for purchasing drugs at discounted prices. Others help patients who cannot afford any part of their medication costs. To help you find the best option for getting your medicine, we've spoken to pharmacists, drug companies and associations, and searched the Internet for information that can be helpful to consumers.
  • Drug Assistance Programs

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

- "Patient Assistance Programs"

  • Welcome to the Patient Assistance Programs Resource Center. This ASHP Resource Center contains comprehensive information concerning patient assistance programs and the use of these programs to increase medication access.
  • http://www.ashp.org/s_ashp/cat1c.asp?CID=488&DID=530

AZ Cancer Support Network

- "The AstraZeneca Foundation Patient Assistance Program"


CancerCare.org

- "Financial Help for People with Cancer"


National Cancer Institute

- "Financial Assistance and Other Resources for People With Cancer"

  • The NCI Web site lists government agencies, organizations, and programs that are designed to provide assistance for cancer patients and their families. However, resources provided by individual organizations vary, and it is important to check with a specific group to determine if financial aid is currently available. Organizations that provide publications in Spanish or have Spanish-speaking staff have been identified.
  • Financial Assistance

NeedyMeds

- "Information you need to get your medicine"

  • NeedyMeds is the best source of information about assistance programs that help with the cost of medicine and other healthcare expenses. This list has all the drugs and dosages that are available through patient assistance programs, sorted alphabetically by brand name. The generic name is in parenthesis. Some drugs are listed more than once because they are available through more than one program. If your medicine is not listed on the Brand Name list or the Generic Name list, it's not currently available through a patient assistance program.
  • http://www.needymeds.com/

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
  • The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
  • https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php

Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
  • http://www.patientadvocate.org/

RxAssist

- "The Web's most current and comprehensive directory of Patient Assistance Programs"

  • Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.
  • http://www.rxassist.org/

RxHope

- "Patient Assistance Information"


Rx Outreach

- "Patient Assistance Program for Discount Prescription Drugs"

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