A resource round-up from our partners at NeedyMeds.org
Every day more and more Americans are struggling to cover their medication costs, which can lead to difficult choices between paying for food, housing, or prescriptions. Uninsured Americans face the most difficulty, often looking at extremely high medical bills and expenses they must cover on their own. Even people with insurance feel the pinch with high deductibles and co-pays leading to increased out-of-pocket costs.
There are many different kinds of programs and resources across the country designed to help you handle health care costs. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to locate and are not well advertised. NeedyMeds can help you find these often life-saving programs.
NeedyMeds is a nationwide non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can’t afford medications and other healthcare costs. We regularly update data on over 5,000 assistance programs, 13,000 free/low-cost/sliding scale clinics and 1,500 drug discount coupons. All our information is accessible online at no charge and without registration.
Save Money on Meds
The most popular resource on NeedyMeds is our listing of Patient Assistance Programs. These programs offer medications at free or low-cost to patients who qualify. Each program is different, but most are designed for uninsured or underinsured patients with low income. To find a program on the NeedyMeds site, click on the Brand Name Drugs list or Generic Name Drugs list to locate your medication and find out if there might be a program available. Click on the name of the medication to get information on the program, including application forms and contact information.
NeedyMeds also provides a free drug discount card that offers a discount of up to 80% at more than 63,000 pharmacies nationwide. The card is available to everyone, regardless of income level or insurance status, with no registration and requiring no personal information. The card can be used to save on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and medical supplies written on a prescription form. A plastic card is available through an order form on our website, as well as a download for a printable version and a smartphone app.
Find Diagnosis-Based Assistance
NeedyMeds’ Diagnosis Information Pages are also very popular. These pages contain all of the help available for a specific diagnosis on one centralized page. They are a great place to start your search for help on NeedyMeds as they link to other sections of our website, as well as to additional outside resources. You can also search for Diagnosis-Based Assistance that can provide various forms of assistance to those in need.
Find Specific Resources for Medicare
Additionally, NeedyMeds has a page of information dedicated to Medicare. This page gives an overview of all the parts of Medicare, along with helpful links to official Medicare pages. We also recommend checking our listing of State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) sites, these are federally funded health advisory programs that provide health insurance counseling to Medicare recipients and their families.
For more information:
Visit http://www.needymeds.org or a call toll-free at 1-800-503-6897.