Medical assistance programs, also known as patient assistance and manufacturer assistance programs, have been established to provide aid for low-income folks struggling to pay for medications and supplies. These programs are bolstered by pharmaceutical manufacturers for Americans who don’t have health insurance or are under-insured, and their insurance doesn’t cover their medication.
Let’s dive further into the definition of medical assistance programs, how to apply, and a list of current programs for your perusal.
What Are Medical Assistance Programs?
Medical assistance programs offer free or low-cost medications and supplies for low-income individuals. Benefits you may receive vary from program to program, so it’s prudent to do your own research to find the one that works best for you.
In addition, qualifications are different for each program. That being said, there are general requirements that must be met, such as being a resident of the United States or Puerto Rico, you must prove that your insurance doesn’t cover your medication or that you’re uninsured, and lastly, you must meet certain income-based requirements.
How Do I Get on a Medical Assistance Program?
To apply, you’ll need to sign up online with your chosen medical assistance program or call their number. Required documents will, most likely, include tax forms and proof of residence. In addition, your health care provider may have to complete a form. Please bear in mind that there may be a limit on how many medications you can get through these programs. There could be a timestamp on your medical assistance program as well.
For example, the Gilead Advancing Access Program has two different tiers that pertain to different customer needs. You can apply for their Co-Pay Coupon Program, which helps you save money on your prescriptions. Their Patient Support Program offers patient support in all areas, from paying your co-pay to affording your medications. If you don’t have insurance at all, you can fill out an enrollment form here to get your medications for free via Gilead.
In short, while there are common staples for every medical assistance program enrollment process, specific requirements vary from program to program.
Check Out These Other Medical Assistance Programs
GoodRx boasts a list of the largest medical assistance programs in the country. Gilead is one of them. Additionally, there’s GSK Patient Assistance Program (click here for eligibility requirements), Healthwell Foundation (go here to apply), PAN Foundation (head over here to get assistance), Lilly Cares Foundation (click here to apply), Novartis Patient Assistance Program (go here to enroll), Novo Assistance Program, and Pfizer Patient Assistance Program (head over here to learn more).
Additionally, AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) offers a list of other medical assistance programs, including state-mandated ones. The applications for all of the above are very comprehensive, and these websites give you a solid breakdown of what each program entails and what to expect.
If you’re on the hunt for clinics nationwide that provide free medical treatment, NAFC (National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics) will help you search for one on their database. There are currently1,400 clinics across the US that fit this bill. You only need to enter your zip code or your city and state.
Medical assistance programs are available for those who are in dire need of financial/medical aid. If you need help getting medication because you’re uninsured or your insurance doesn’t cover it, these programs will undoubtedly bridge that gap. You don’t need to suffer in silence. We also have an article here that’s chock full of vital information if you’re struggling to pay your medical bills. Regardless of your medical and/or financial situation, there’s always hope.