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Frequently Asked Questions About Patient Assistance Programs


What are patient assistance programs?

These are programs set up by drug companies that offer free or low cost drugs to uninsured individuals who cannot afford their medication. Most brand name drugs are found in these programs.

Companies offer these programs voluntarily; the government does not require them to provide free medicine.

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Who is eligible for Patient Assistance Programs?

Each program has it's own rules. Some common requirements are:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Have no prescription insurance coverage
  • Meet program income guidelines

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Can I apply for assistance if I have insurance or prescription coverage?

Some Patient Assistance Programs will help those who have insurance if they meet program hardship requirements or their medication is not covered by their insurance. It may help to have a letter from your insurance company stating that the medication is not covered.
Also, there are several foundations which offer to help with co-pays for specific medications or diseases. Click here for a list of Co-Pay Assistance Resources.
Our discount card can be used instead of your insurance. If your co-pay is more than $10, give the card to your pharmacist and ask "What is my RxAssist Disount Price?". For more information or to print our discount card, click here.

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Do I have to pay for an application?

No, there is no charge for the application or to have your application reviewed by the company offering the medication. Some organizations charge a small fee to help you fill out the application, but you can do this on your own if you want.

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Can I apply for these programs if I have Medicare Part D?

It depends on the company. Some companies will let people with Part D apply for their programs. Oher companies may review applications on a case-by-case basis.

Click here to see a chart of PAP's and their Medicare Part D policies





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