This might help you if you are having problems affording going to a doctor...
Financial Aid for Health care for uninsured people
Consumer Guides for Getting and Keeping Insurance
http://www.healthinsuranceinfo.net/ (by state)
When you don’t have money to get the care you need:
Free and low cost prescription medication: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?section=about_medications&Template=/ContentManagement/contentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=19169 (national alliance for mental illness)
http://www.themedicineprogram.com/links.html (the medicine program)
https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php (partnership for prescription alliance)
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/resources.cfm (resource list of help)
Retail outlets programs-
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/Kmart-01-17-07.pdf (K-Mart low cost generics list)
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/TargetGenericsProgramDrugList.pdf (Target low cost generics list)
http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf (Walmart/ Sam’s club low cost generics list)
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/NewGenericsList-4-6-07.xls (RxOutreach/Xubex low cost generics list)
Drug Company programs-
Merck's Prescription Discount Program
This drug discount card helps those without prescription insurance save 15% to 20% on selected Merck medicines. Enrolling in the program is free. There are no income or age requirements but you must be a legal U.S. resident to be eligible. To contact the Merck Patient Assistance Program , call 800-727-5400
The following medicines are covered:
FOSAMAX PLUS D™
To apply visit www.merckhelps.com/uninsured.
http://www.merck.com/merckhelps/uninsured/home.html (Merck Prescription Discount plan for the Uninsured)
Merck's Prescription Discount Program
This card offers 15% to 40% discount on selected Merck medicines to individuals without prescription coverage. Enrollment is free, but you must be a legal U.S. resident to be eligible. To contact the Merck Patient Assistance Program , call 800-727-5400 Visit: www.merckhelps.com/uninsured.
Pfizer's "Pfizer Pfriends"
This program helps those without prescription insurance save 15% to 50% on most Pfizer medicines. Enrolling in the program is free. Eligibility and benefit levels will be determined by the applicant's income, depending on individual or family status. You must be a legal U.S. resident to participate. To apply call 1-866-776-3700 or visit www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com.
http://www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com/pages/misc/Default.aspx (Pfizer Pfriends programs for the uninsured)
Pfizer Helpful Answers™
Pfizer Helpful Answers is a family of programs that helps people without prescription save on many Pfizer medicines, no matter their age or income. People with limited incomes might even qualify to get their Pfizer medicines for free. Lower income individuals who have insurance coverage for prescription medicines – such as Medicare, Medicaid or other private insurance – may still be eligible for assistance for their Pfizer medicines if they are experiencing significant financial or medical hardship. For more information, call toll free 1-866-706-2400 visit www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com
Do any drug companies offer discount cards?
The following is additional information about companies that provide drug discount cards:
This drug discount card is sponsored by 10 major pharmaceutical companies--Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis, Takeda and TAP Pharmaceuticals. The card is free and offers a 25%-40%* discount on over 300 brand-name and generic prescription drugs as well as other prescription products, such as glucose test strips.
To be eligible you:
Cannot be eligible for Medicare
Cannot have prescription drug coverage (public or private)
Must have a household income* equal to or less than
$30,000 for a single person
$40,000 for a family of two
$50,000 for a family of three
$60,000 for a family of four
$70,000 for a family of five
Must be a legal US resident
For more information call 1-800-444-4106 or visit: http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/about.htm.
http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/about.html (Together Access- Novartix prescription help for the uninsured)
This card is sponsored by 12 pharmaceutical manufacturers. It is free and offers a 25%-40% discount on 275+ brand-name and generic prescription drugs as well as other prescription products, such as glucose test strips. To apply you cannot be eligible for Medicare, cannot have prescription drug coverage (public or private), must have a household income equal to or less than $30,000 for one person, $40,000 for a family of two, $50,000 for a family of three, $60,000 for a family of four or $70,000 for a family of five and must be a legal US resident. Call 1-800-444-4106 or visit: www.togetherrxaccess.com.
Other prescription discount cards
Most discount cards include diabetic testing supplies in their covered products. Be sure to compare prices for the products you need before selecting a card. For additional information on choosing a discount card visit http://www.rxassist.org/faqs/drug-discount-cards.cfm (other prescription drug cards)
What are discount pharmacy services?
Some stores have discount pharmacy services. For example, Kmart pharmacies have a 90 day generics program for $15, available anywhere in the country where there is a Kmart pharmacy. Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s pharmacies often have competitive prices. Membership is not required to use the pharmacy services. Check www.costco.com, www.samsclub.com, www.bjs.com for pharmacy locations. Costco has a mail order pharmacy service, with no additional charges for standard shipping.
Are there patient assistance programs for generic medications?
Yes. Both Rx Outreach ( http://www.rxoutreach.com/?s=2&e=103) and Xubex Pharmaceutical Services (http://www.xubex.com/) offer patient assistance programs for generic drugs. These programs differ from all other patient assistance programs in that they are not offered by the pharmaceutical manufacturer of the drug. They are programs that include several different generic drugs which are purchased by the company and then made available for a fee to low income individuals. Both companies have income requirements to be eligible and both charge a fee to receive the medication. Xubex charges shipping and handling as well.
Rx Outreach offers 125 different medications available in a 90 day supply at a cost of either $20, $30 or $40, depending on the medication. In order to be eligible, your household income must be below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Rx Outreach information and applications can be found at www.RxAssist.org (every time you submit an application to Rx Outreach from RxAssist, our organization receives funding).
Xubex makes 97 medications available and has two pricing levels, depending on the medication: $20/$30 for a 90 day supply, $40/$60 for a 180 day supply and $80/$120for a 360 day supply. Xubex adds a $3.85 shipping and handling fee for each order. Income eligibility levels are:
People in household All states and D.C. except Alaska & Hawaii Alaska Hawaii
YOU <$24,674 per year <$31,475 <$27,870
YOU +1 <$32,141 per year <$41,614 <$37,675
YOU +2 <$40,890 per year <$50,675 <$47,275
YOU +3 <$48,675 per year <$61,275 <$56,420
Xubex information and applications can be found at www.xubex.com
P.O. Box 1244
Winter Park, FL 32790-1244
Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services, Inc.
PO Box 66536
Saint Louis, MO 63166-6536
Customer Service: 1-800-769-3880
Hours are 7:00 am - 5:30 pm CST Mon-Fri
http://www.rxassist.org/faqs/documents/Newgenericslist-9-19Web.xls (chart of medications available thru xubex and rx outreach)
Disease Specific Help-
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/Co-PayAssistance_000.doc (Diseases with support available for copay assistance)
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/Lowcostdiabeticandothe-1.doc (low cost diabetic supplies)
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/AbbottDiabetesCare_000.pdf (Abbott Diabetes care assistance program)
This is about FREE hospitalization, if you need it and they WILL help you!
Hill Burton Hotline
(1-800-492-0359 in Maryland)
In 1946, Congress passed a law that gave hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities grants and loans for construction and modernization. In return, they agreed to provide a reasonable volume of services to persons unable to pay and to make their services available to all persons residing in the facility’s area. The program stopped providing funds in 1997, but about 300 health care facilities nationwide are still obligated to provide free or reduced-cost care.
How to apply for Medicaid or medicare
http://www.rxassist.org/providers/resources.cfm#medicaregeneral (help with problems with Medicare part D)
For information about Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/index.htm (filing Social security disability online)
http://www.disabilityfacts.com/ (SSDI) E -mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This organization provides information, publications, and workshops on Social Security Disability issues.
http://www.siteboxparking.com/?dp=www.disabilityresource.com&aid=40118 (disability resource links)
http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=500 (disability info)
For information about Medicaid, contact your local social service or welfare office. You can also find information about Medicare and Medicaid at
How To Pay for Mental Health Services
Additional Public Benefits for Families Raising Children:
Free or low cost dental care United States
FREE AND LOW COST DENTAL HELP FOR DENTURES , BROKEN TEETH , PAIN , ETC.
Need eyeglasses or eye care?
How to Get a Free or Low Cost Pap Smear,
The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides free or low cost Pap smears to eligible women across the country. Through this program, uninsured and impoverished women can receive Pap smears at local clinics and doctor's offices.
Here’s a list for every state:
Low Cost or Free Mammograms and pap tests in your area
Where can I go to get free or reduced-cost prenatal care?
You can call this number if you need free birth control help, too!
Women in every state can get help to pay for medical care during their pregnancies. This prenatal care can help you have a healthy baby. Every state in the United States has a program to help. Programs give medical care, information, advice and other services important for a healthy pregnancy.
To find out about the program in your state:
·Call 1-800-311-BABY (1-800-311-2229) This toll-free telephone number will connect you to the Health Department in your area code
·For information in Spanish, call 1-800-504-7081
·Call or contact your local Health Department
WHERE CAN I FIND LOW COST DIABETIC SUPPLIES?
Abbott Diabetes Care Patient Assistance Program
This program assists financially disadvantaged individuals who meet certain income criteria. The Abbott Diabetes Care application can be found at http://www.rxassist.org/providers/documents/AbbottDiabetesCare_000.pdf or call 866-224-8887.
Bayer offers a one time startup/upgrade (from other Bayer meters) kit--CONTOUR® Blood Glucose Monitoring System that includes a small number of strips. Advocates consider the price of the strips to be expensive for individuals without health insurance.
IPump.org, Inc. (http://www.ipump.org) offers limited reimbursement for diabetes medications, supplies, and insulin to persons who qualify under their "ERMA" (Emergency Request for Medical Assistance) program. They also offer limited monthly financial assistance to qualifying persons to help cover the cost of insulin, diabetes medications and supplies. Persons may only receive financial assistance through one program and no more than once per year. Under their "REDS" program eligible persons may receive certain free diabetes and insulin pump supplies. Contact the Assistance Program Director, email@example.com for more information about programs currently funded.
Islets of Hope http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/assistance-programs/main_1.html lists comprehensive assistance programs by state, as well as international resources for other countries. Includes private, corporate, and government programs. Click on “Assistance Programs” in their pull-down menu. Islets of hope also has a guidebook describing assistance programs for diabetes supplies, insulin pumps, medication, etc. Seehttp://www.isletsofhope.com/pdf/diabetes-assistance-programs.pdf
http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/assistance-programs/find-diabetes-assistance-1.html (tips on finding more help for uninsured people in general)
Community health centers provide health care regardless of your ability to pay and even if you have no health insurance. Find the community health center closest to you. Phone the community health center for more information or to make an appointment.
http://ask.hrsa.gov/pc/ (list of neighbor health centers near you)
Hill-Burton obligated facilities provide free or reduced-cost services to those who are unable to pay. Each facility chooses which services it will provide at no or lowered cost and who will receive them. Eligibility for Hill-Burton is based on family size and income. You may apply at a Hill-Burton obligated facility for free or reduced-cost care either before or after you receive care. Find Hill-Burton obligated facilities. Apply for free or reduced-cost care at the Hill-Burton obligated facility. http://www.hrsa.gov/hillburton/hillburtonfacilities.htm (list of Hill Burton obligated facilities by state)
State medical assistance programs help people with incomes under certain limits pay for prescription medications, visits to the doctor, hospitalizations, and insurance premiums. Each program is different and not all States have medical assistance programs. Contact your local department of social services or a local hospital's social worker to see if your State has a program and if you might be eligible to apply.
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for low-income women provides free or low-cost mammograms and Pap tests. Find a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test in your State
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp (free or low cost mammograms and pap by state)
Rotary Clubs, which provide humanitarian and educational assistance
Elks Clubs, which provide charitable activities that benefit youth and veterans
Shriners, which offer need-based treatment for children at Shriners hospitals throughout the country
Kiwanis Clubs, which conduct fund-raising events and projects to help the community and especially children
In many areas, nonprofit or special interest groups such as those listed above can sometimes provide financial assistance or help with fund-raising. In addition, some local governments may have special trusts set up to help people in need. You can find out more about such groups at your local library or your local city or county government's health and human services office.
Medication side effects and actions and interactions
PDR online (medications , effects and side effects)
http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/index.shtml (nutritional supplements)
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