Prescription drugs can eat up a huge percentage of your healthcare budget. But many times medication is exactly what is needed to control your health conditions. If you can’t pay for your medicines and supplies without help, you should tell your health care provider immediately. Your doctor may be able to direct you to local programs or even provide free samples. But, even if your doctor can’t help there is prescription drug assistance for people with diabetes available.
The Medicare program offers a searchable database of prescription drug assistance programs. This website provides valuable information on public and private programs offering discounted or free medication. You can also learn about Medicare health plans with prescription coverage. Listed below are some programs that may help offset the cost of your prescription costs. Many of the programs have age or income limitations and may not be right for you.
Programs That Provide Prescription Assistance
Partnership for Prescription Assistance. The Partnership 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 a public or private program that’s right for them. Many individuals will get their medication free or nearly free. The Partnership seeks to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps find eligible programs, but does not process program applications on your behalf. Their website offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
Retail Outlet Discounted Prescription Drug Programs
Discounted prescription drugs are available at pharmacies across the country. Most of these programs are for generic drugs only. This is a partial list of pharmacies that offer discounted prescription drugs. The lists of pharmacies and drugs may not be current
- Giant Eagle Supermarkets offer many generic drugs at $4 for a 30 day supply or $10 for a 90 day supply..
- Hy-Vee Stores offer many generic drugs at $4 for a 30 day supply or $10 for a 90 day supply..
- Kroger offer many generic drugs at $4 for a 30 day supply or $10 for a 90 day supply.
- Target offers offer many generic drugs at $4 or $9 for a 30 day supply and $10 or $24 for a 90 day supply.
- Walmart / Sam’s offers offer many generic drugs at $4 for a 30 day supply and $10 for a 90 day supply, but not in all states.
Healthwell Foundation 800-675-8416 The foundation helps to bridge the gap by providing financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket costs related to co-payments, deductibles and insurance premiums.
Patient Advocate Foundation 866-512-3861 Their Co-Pay Relief Program offers co-payment assistance to patients with brain cancer.
Test Strips, Meters and Lancets
The most common need of people with diabetes is for free or low cost testing strips. We’re continuing to search for sources for reducing the cost on testing strips. You can also receive a free glucometer from Defeat Diabetes Foundation.
email us at: medicalsupplies@DefeatDiabetes.org
Jerry Munden – Ballantyne Capital Management