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Assistance with Prescription Drug Costs for Uninsured Patients

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2-1-1

Contact:
Population Served:

Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada

Contact:
Population Served:

Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

CancerFinances.org

Contact: Website
Population Served:

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals

Mission

To provide individuals diagnosed with cancer with information and tools to help make sound financial decisions before, during, and after cancer treatment

  • Online ‘Toolkit’ offers targeted information about health insurance, disability insurance, education, employment, family building, medical bills, financial assistance, and more.

Children’s Leukemia Research Association (CLRA)

Contact: 516-222-1944
Population Served:

Children and adults with leukemia in the U.S., healthcare professionals and researchers

Mission

To support research efforts towards finding the causes and cure for leukemia.

  • Patient Aid Program offers limited funds (up to $3,000 per year) to assist with certain treatments, services and prescriptions; funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Matching Dollar Program matches up to $3,000 in donations raised by the applicant, family or friends during a specific time period
  • CLRA funds grants to doctors conducting promising research about leukemia.

Family Reach

Contact: 973-394-1411
Population Served:

Children and young adults (ages 18 to 30) significantly impacted by a cancer diagnosis; parents with cancer who have children age 17 or younger

Mission

To help families with cancer manage the overwhelming financial and emotional burdens of the disease.

  • Patient (or family) must be represented by a social worker or resource manager; be in active treatment or within one year of treatment; and be able to demonstrate financial hardship.  As funds are available, financial assistance may be considered for necessity items such as household bills, child care, uncovered medical expenses, treatment-related travel, etc.
  • Provides free Financial Guide after registering with organization.

First Hand Foundation (FHF)

Contact: 816-201-1569
Population Served:

Children 18 years of age or younger, or 18 to 21 years of age if the applicant is in a child-like mental state, worldwide

Mission

To provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.

FHF provides funding for clinical necessities (such as medication, therapy and surgery), medical equipment and travel related to a child's care. Included are:

  • Treatment: clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
  • Equipment: wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
  • Displacement: lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
  • Vehicle modifications: lifts, ramps and transfer boards.

GoodRx

Contact: Website only
Population Served:

Anyone seeking prescription price information in the U.S.

Mission

To help consumers make better financial choices when filling prescriptions.

  • Provides prices and discounts for prescription drugs at more than 70,000 local and mail-order pharmacies in the U.S.  Enter the name of any drug (generic or brand-name) into an online form, enter a location (city, state, or ZIP), and information about prices at both local and mail order pharmacies will be provided.

  • Offers information about drug side effects, prescription assistance programs (if available), and the availability of generics.

Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation

Contact: 786-505-3914
Population Served:

Families whose child is under the age of 21 and diagnosed with a pediatric cancer before age 18

Mission

To be a leader in childhood cancer research and advocacy while providing financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling cancer.

  • Provides financial assistance for a variety of needs to pediatric cancer families while the child is undergoing treatment; social worker from treatment facility must apply on behalf of the family
  • Works with funeral homes to provide assistance towards memorial costs for children whose battle with cancer has ended
  • Funds pediatric cancer research.

Needy Meds

Contact: 800-503-6897
Population Served:

People needing financial assistance for medication and related health care costs in the U.S.

Mission

To help people in need find financial assistance programs that help them afford their medications and costs related to health care. Needy Meds is an online information resource. Offers information about:

  • Coupons, rebates, discounts and more offered by various drug companies
  • Application Assistance: organizations that assist patients with completing Patient Assistance Program (PAP) applications for free or a small fee
  • Disease-Based Assistance programs: for specific diseases or medical conditions
  • Free and low cost clinics searchable by state.
  • Drug Discount Cards to help people save on their prescriptions; vary widely from company to company
  • Needy Meds free discount card that you can download from the website; requires no registration or identifying information.

Rx Assist

Contact: Website only
Population Served:
Mission
RxAssist is an online resource center with information about patient assistance programs, Medicare Part D, programs for low cost medications and other issues related to pharmaceutical access.

RxHope

Contact: 877-267-0517
Population Served:

Patients in the U.S. needing financial assistance to obtain needed medications, health professionals

Mission

To help patients determine if they are eligible for pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs (for free or discounted brand name drugs) and then help guide patients through that process.

The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation

Contact: 302-563-8389
Population Served:

Families of children with cancer in the U.S.

Mission

To fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and treatment protocols; to provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer nationwide.

  • Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child’s illness; application form and eligibility criteria available on website.

The MAX Foundation

Contact: 888-462-9368 International: + 1-425-778-8660
Population Served:

People with a diagnosis of a blood cancer or rare cancer, caregivers, health professionals

Mission

To improve the lives and survival rates of people living with blood cancer and rare cancers worldwide, with a focus on underserved populations in developing countries.

  • Provides free services of advocacy, emotional support, informational referrals and fundraising mentorship.
  • Facilitates access to treatment, partners with healthcare providers and builds advocacy efforts in communities around the world.

Triage Cancer

Contact: 424-258-4628 or info@TriageCancer.org
Population Served:

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals

Mission

To help navigate cancer survivorship from the point of diagnosis throughout life, by providing education on all types of cancer survivorship topics

  • Offers free in-person and online educational events, a speakers bureau, and online educational materials and tools. Resources cover a wide array of topics including guides on reasonable accommodations, chemo brain, insurance, employment, finances, etc.