If your income is low: Look into Medicaid
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Medicaid is a state-run program funded by the federal and state government. It helps people and families who have very limited incomes. Medicaid pays for health care costs, such as doctor visits, hospital visits, and prescription drugs. You can find eligibility requirements and general information at the website above.
State health departments
Because each state’s Medicaid program is run by that state, income cut-offs, asset limits, and benefits vary from one state to another. In some states, the progam may have a different name (TennCare, Medi-Cal, etc.) Contact your State Health Department for more information on requirements and how to apply.
To find your State Health Department, check your local phone book or call the US Department of Health and Human Services at this toll-free number: 1-877-696-6775. You can also find it online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/help.
- Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
- To get help paying for your prescriptions
- If you are 55 or older
- If you have Medicare or are eligible for Medicare
- If you have limited income and no drug coverage
- If you have health insurance
- If your income is low: Look into Medicaid
- Tips to save money on prescription drugs
- If you’re thinking about buying drugs online
- Other ideas to explore
- Applying for a patient drug assistance program
- If you don’t live in the United States
- To learn more
Last Medical Review: October 28, 2014 Last Revised: November 13, 2014