Many families who are either uninsured or under-insured face high
prescription drug costs. With so many uninsured and under-insured
people in the United States and the high cost of prescription drugs, you
hear stories about people who have to make a decision about whether to
pay for their groceries or their prescription medications. You also hear
of people who cut their pills in half because they cannot afford their
medications. Unfortunately, patients taking multiple medications or
receiving treatment for conditions like Cancer, HIV-AIDS, Multiple
Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other serious illnesses may face
hundreds and even thousands of dollars in prescription costs each month.
Patient Assistance Programs also
known as prescription advocacy programs have been in the media
recently. These programs are offered by the pharmaceutical industry to
assist low income people who do not have prescription drug coverage.
These programs have been in existence for the past 15-20 years; however,
few people know about them. To qualify you must meet certain income
requirements-generally 2 times the Federal poverty level with certain
allowances for hardship cases. For more information begin your search by
entering “prescription advocacy programs” or “patient assistance
programs” into an internet search engine.