- 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
If you have health insurance
Most of the programs below only help pay for drugs used to treat certain medical conditions. The list of illnesses is quite limited in most cases, and it can change from month to month. You’ll have to check with each program to find out if you qualify for help. Some of these also help pay for insurance premiums, if you have a disease or condition on their list.
Toll-free number: 1-800-675-8416
HealthWell Foundation is a non-profit group that helps certain people who can’t pay for their prescription drugs, health care premiums, co-pays, and/or deductibles. It can also help with some other out-of-pocket health care costs.
The program serves only people who have the health conditions listed on their website. Only a few cancer-related problems are covered. Types of help may be limited, even to those who qualify and have a condition that’s covered.
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief
Toll-free number: 1-866-512-3861
The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Assistance Program helps people who meet certain requirements pay for the prescriptions and treatments they need. This program is only for people with certain medical conditions who already have insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid). Only certain types of cancer are included in the program. They are listed on the website.
The website and telephone assistance are available in English and Spanish.
Patient Services, Incorporated
Toll-free number: 1-800-366-7741
Patient Services Incorporated (PSI) is a national, non-profit group that helps people with certain chronic illnesses and their families pay their health insurance premiums and drug co-pays. Only people with a few types of cancer are included in this program (see the website for the list of covered illnesses). People who have these conditions and need help paying health insurance premiums or co-pays are helped based on their medical and financial need.
Patient Access Network Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-866-316-PANF (1-866-316-7263)
The Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF) is a non-profit group that helps some under-insured people who can’t afford the out-of-pockets costs of medical care. The program helps people with certain medical conditions who meet their financial, insurance, and medical requirements. Only a few types of cancer are included in their program, and they are listed on the PANF website.
Last Medical Review: 10/28/2014
Last Revised: 11/13/2014