Our patient advocate will sit down with you, go over your medications and let you know what programs you are eligible for. Once it is determined what programs will benefit you, our patient advocate will help you fill in the required information, obtain signatures and then submit the paperwork to the appropriate program.
Following are the steps to getting help from us;
- Determine your annual household income. You will need to gather proof of income such as check stubs, tax returns and S.S.I. benefit statements for everyone in your household with income. (Please bring a copy of bank statements if applicable)
- Have your denial letter ready for Medicare’s Low Income Subsidy (L.I.S.) program (if applicable)
- Make an appointment with nurses clinic to establish a goal, such as what your needs are and what we can do to meet them.
- Fill out forms and obtain signatures
Results will be available in four weeks.
What are Patient Assistance Programs?
Patient Assistance Programs (PAPS) are programs set up by drug companies that offer free or low cost drugs to individuals who are unable to pay for their medication. Most of the best known and most prescribed drugs can be found in these programs. All of the major drug companies have patient assistance programs, although every company has different eligibility and application requirements. These programs are offered voluntarily; the government does not require them to provide free medicine.
How do I apply and receive medication?
You can apply for patient assistance by visiting Rx Assist, putting the name of the medication in the search engine, choosing the correlating assistance program, printing the form and filling it out completely.
After you fill out the application you will need to gather proof of your household income and any other documentation that the program requires and bring it with you to your doctors appointment. (If you do not already have an appointment you can call the office during business hours to schedule one).
The staff will obtain signatures and submit your application. Upon acceptance into the program the medication will be shipped to the physicians office in approx. 4-6 weeks, at that time you will get a phone call letting you know that you can pick up your medication.
Who does not qualify?
- Patients with prescription coverage through any private or public insurance company
- Patients with income above 300% the federal poverty limit
- Patients who do not have citizenship or permanent residency of the United States
Who qualifies for patient assistance?
- Uninsured patients
- Insured patients without prescription coverage
- Medicare patients that do not have part D
- Medicare part D patients in the “donut hole”
- Low income patients