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Medication Assistance Programs

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Medications can be really expensive, and if you have a chronic illness, your monthly medication costs can leave you choosing between medicine or food. There are organizations in the U.S. that will help you pay for medications. Some offer copay assistance programs for the underinsured, others help only those without insurance, and a few help with treatment of specific illnesses or medications.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of resources, it is a start. These are websites that offer lists of general medication assistance programs:

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Together Rx Access
Rx Assist

These organizations help obtain medication assistance for those with specific illnesses. Each group works with multiple diagnoses. If you go to the sites, you can see what the current qualifying illnesses are:

Chronic Disease Fund
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation
National Organization For Rare Diseases
Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief
Patient Services Inc.
The Max Foundation
Patient Access Network Foundation
Healthwell Foundation

The Access to Benefits Coalition is a national foundation that helps people on Medicare find resources for prescription assistance.

A good place to start looking for assistance with paying for an expensive medication is the maker of that drug. Many pharmaceutical companies have assistance programs for their newer or more expensive medications.

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Very informative. Thanks!

June 30, 2010 - 9:19am
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