Individuals who face the challenge of being able to afford medications are not without options. Below are several suggestions if you or a member of your family is unable to afford the ongoing cost of prescription medication.
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
As of May 2009, 38 States have enacted laws to create some form of pharmaceutical assistance program designed to help those who are unable to afford prescription medications, but who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Medicaid. By April 2009, 32 states had such programs already in operation. In early 2009, no fewer than 42 states had authorized or established some form of assistance providing pharmacuetical assistance or coverage. While many of these programs focus on helping the elderly, they also offer assistance to individuals with disabilities. The National Conference of State Legislatures provides a helpful chart summarizing these programs, with contact information for each.
Pharmaceutical Patient Medication Assistance
Some pharmaceutical manufacturers offer assistance in helping to cover the cost of prescription medications. They may do this either through a Medication Assistance Program for a particular medication, or through a discount card that provides varying degrees of discounts on selected medications. Information on these programs and discount cards may be found through the following sites:
CHADD Discount Prescription Card
CHADD has developed a Medical Benefit Program designed to help those with or without insurance reduce the cost of paying for prescription medications.