Chapter 5: Health and Mental Health
Section 6: Prescription Drug Assistance
A Pharma Card brings you access to significantly discounted prices on everyday drugs. It's free, easy to use, and recognized by a network of over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.
Simply present the card to your pharmacist to take advantage of significant discounts on all prescriptions. Better yet, one card works for the entire family.
While it is not insurance, our program provides up to 75% off the retail price on everyday drugs and is accepted at all major chains, nationwide.
The Foundation provides AbbVie medicines at no cost to people experiencing financial difficulties.
The American Kidney Fund is the nation's #1 source of direct financial assistance to kidney patients, and provides education to those with and at risk for kidney disease.
The following direct financial assistance programs are offered by the American Kidney Fund to needy dialysis and kidney transplant patients nationwide. For further information about these and other programs please contact the social worker at your dialysis center.
- Through the Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP), the American Kidney Fund pays Part B Medicare, Medigap, commercial, and COBRA premiums for dialysis patients who have insufficient income and savings. These premium payments allow patients to continue their health insurance coverage, enabling access to physician care and medical treatment. HIPP is funded 100% by voluntary contributions from dialysis providers. HIPP serves as a “last resort” source of financial assistance. Last year, more than 70,000 dialysis patients in the United States were able to maintain their insurance coverage thanks to grants from HIPP. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Patient Services Department at 1-800-795-3226.
- Safety Net Grants cover:
- Treatment-specific expenses such as transportation costs to reach dialysis; over-the-counter medicines, medication co-payments, kidney donor expenses and other necessities such as dentures.
- Nutritional products, and durable medical supplies. The American Kidney Fund has contracted with mail order pharmacies to provide medications and supplies at discount prices, thereby increasing the purchasing power of patients’ grants
- Disaster relief assistance when catastrophic events strike dialysis patients’ communities. This program provides funds to help patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for other necessities lost because of disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, etc.
- The cost of dialysis while traveling. Patients or facilities may be reimbursed for the 20% of treatment costs not covered by Medicare or any other source for emergency transient dialysis. Grants are limited to travel necessitated by death or serious illness in the family or for the purpose of kidney transplant workup only.
- Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Patient Assistance Programs. Through a partnership with Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Corporation, Renvela® and all formulations of Hectorol® are available to financially qualified dialysis patients who have no prescription drug coverage. Eligible patients may receive up to a three-month supply and if necessary, may reapply at the end of their grant period. The American Kidney Fund administers Sanofi Renal/Genzyme’s Renal Patient Assistance Programs. Assistance is made possible by a generous product donation from Sanofi Renal/Genzyme.
One application allows you to apply for Renvela® or Hectorol® Product. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the year, https://www.renassist.com/Application-Assistant.
AKF Summer Enrichment Program. Every summer, children who are living with kidney disease enjoy the fun and friendship of going to camp just like other kids. Grants from the American Kidney Fund make these experiences possible. AKF’s Summer Enrichment Program provides financial assistance to help children with kidney disease attend camps of their choice. These programs offer all the fun of traditional camps, but they are also equipped with the facilities and personnel to handle the unique medical needs of these children, http://www.kidneyfund.org/financial-assistance/information-for-patients/...
Assistive Technology Index: an online disability resource guide with an extensive section on assistive technology. Topics include:
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication;
- Assistive Tech for Children;
- Blindness and Low Vision Technology;
- Daily Living Aids (Low Tech Devices);
- AT for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing;
- Accessible Web Design;
- Funding Assistive Technology;
- Speech Input;
- Vendors and Vendor Lists;
- Switches; and
- Used Equipment.
Direct link to AT Guide: www.disabilityresources.org/AT.html.
Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
A listing of multiple websites for Prescription Drug Assistance programs. Follow this link to the Disability Resources, Inc. webpage on Prescription Drug Assistance programs, www.disabilityresources.org/RX.html.
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that assists patients without adequate financial resources and prescription coverage in obtaining free products donated by the operating companies of Johnson & Johnson. The Foundation is an independent organization reflecting the Johnson & Johnson operating companies' long-standing commitment to helping patients access prescription medicines.
Merck Patient Assistance Program, Merck Prescription Discount Program, Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program and Medicare Assistance.
Medication Assistance Programs: NORD administers prescription drug assistance programs for people who are uninsured or underinsured. The programs are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and focus on provision of specific medications. NORD also has early access programs that provide access to some investigational drugs going through the process of FDA approval. Follow this link to the NORD webpage for their Assistance Programs.
NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit information resource dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.
NeedyMeds' mission is to be the best source of accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on programs that help people facing problems paying for medications and health care; to assist those in need in applying to programs; and to provide health-related education using innovative methods.
NeedyMeds now offers you another way to save on prescription costs. With the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card you can save up to 80% off the price of your prescription medications. The card may be used by those without insurance and by those who decide not to use their insurance - for example if the drug is not covered under their plan, the copay or deductible is high, the cap has been reached, or if they are in the doughnut hole.
As a resident of Oklahoma, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). Create and print your FREE discount prescription drug card below. This card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country including Kmart, CVS/pharmacy, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and many more. You can create as many cards as you need. We encourage you to give cards to friends and family members. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately!
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.
RX for Oklahoma helps Oklahomans access prescription assistance programs provided by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. RX for Oklahoma staff will take your demographic information including name, age, address and income as well as prescription(s) needed and dosage(s). This information is then entered into a special database that generates the appropriate paperwork for the pharmaceutical companies for which you are eligible.
RxAssist is a nationally recognized, web based medication assistance resource center. Established in 1999 with funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, RxAssist gives providers, advocates, consumer and caregivers comprehensive, up-to-date information in an easy to use format. RxAssist is part of the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.