THE ASSISTANCE FUND:
The Assistance Fund helps patients who have government sponsored insurance but cannot afford the co-pay for
specialty medications for certain chronic and life threatening illnesses. To find out if your illness is covered
and if you are eligible, call the toll-free number (855) 845-3663
or view their website http://TheAssistanceFund.org.
You may want to read our guide,
Understanding Prescription Drug Costs.
COMPARE DRUG PRICES:
The following website can help you compare drug prices and
find the pharmacies in your community that sell particular drugs at
The prices are the “usual and customary prices,” also known as retail
prices, reported monthly by pharmacies. This is what an uninsured consumer,
with no discount or drug coverage, would pay. The prices can change throughout
the month, so after viewing the prices you may want to double check with the pharmacy.
To view the website, click www.MyFloridaRX.com.
CO-PAY RELIEF PROGRAM:
The Patient Advocate Foundation has the
Co-Pay Relief Program that provides direct co-payment help for prescription drugs
for Americans with health insurance who need help with their drug co-pay and
who financially and medically qualify, including persons covered by a Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug plan. Call them toll-free at (866) 512-3861, or
to view their website click www.copays.org.
DRUG COMPANY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:
Some drug companies have programs that offer low or no cost medicines to low-income individuals. Ask
your pharmacist or doctor about possible programs or do a search on the Internet
for the companies that make your medications. You can also check the following
non-governmental websites that offer links to a wide selection of patient assistance
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America,
toll-free (888) 477-2669
Needy Meds, www.NeedyMeds.com
FLORIDA DISCOUNT DRUG CARD:
The Florida Discount Drug Card can help people save money on
prescription drugs. To learn more go to www.FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com
or call the toll-free number (866)
341-8894 or TTY (866)
If you are covered by Medicare, you can also apply
for the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug benefit. This is an insurance
benefit to help people with Medicare pay for prescription drugs and is provided
through Medicare approved private health plans. For more information call
the toll-free number (800) 633-4227
or TTY (877) 486-2048, or to view the website
People with limited income and resources may qualify for extra
help with prescription drug costs under the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit. To
see if you qualify for this extra help contact the Social Security
Administration. You can phone them toll-free at (800)
772-1213 or TTY (800) 325-0778, or
to view the website click
If you receive Medicaid, you automatically qualify for the extra help.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING:
For people 55 years or older, the National Council on Aging has a website
that has referrals to government programs that help with the cost of prescription drugs,
health care, rent, utilities, property taxes, meals, and other needs.
You can complete a brief questionnaire on the website and obtain a report
on all the programs you might be eligible for and instructions how to enroll.
To view the website, click
SUNSHINE FOR SENIORS:
This program helps eligible seniors, 60 years or older, enroll in programs that
help with the cost of prescription drugs. To qualify you need to have
no insurance coverage for prescription drugs. For more information call the
toll-free Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs’Helpline (800) 963-5337,
or to view their website click www.FloridaShine.org.
Be sure to look at the other topics listed in the Medical Help
Section by clicking Referral