How to Navigate Patient-Assistance Programs
Prescription drug costs are on the rise, but there are groups that can help. Here's what you can do to find financial assistance:
Talk to your doctor. He or she should be aware of available programs for a specific disease or medication.
See what financial help the pharmaceutical company that makes your prescription offers online.
Needymeds.org, pparx.org, and rxassist.org compile information about patent-assistance programs. This information changes often, so double-check it on the drugmaker's website.
Search for state programs online to see if you are eligible. Many states offer discount drug cards for state residents.
Call your pharmaceutical company and your insurance company to find out more information about assistance programs.
If you find it too difficult to search through these programs yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you. Beware of companies that charge a lot of money or that promise unrealistic results.
If you qualify for a program, work with your doctor to fill out the paperwork correctly. If your doctor must submit the information, follow up with the office to make sure the application was sent in.
Figure out when you need to reapply. The programs last only for a fixed amount of time (usually a few months to a year).
If you don't qualify, don't give up hope. The offerings change constantly.