- Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage: Extra Help
- Patient Assistance Programs
- Prescription Savings Programs
- Wayne County Senior Prescription Savings Program
- World Medical Relief (WMR)
- MiRx Prescription Savings Program
- Michigan HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Program
- Veterans Affairs
- Michigan Parkinson Foundation
Medicare offers prescription coverage insurance for everyone with Medicare. This is also called Part D. The coverage may help lower prescription drug costs. Extra Help, a low-income subsidy, is available to Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources. *See the Medicare section of this directory.
Various pharmaceutical companies offer free medicines for patients in financial need through Patient Assistance Programs (PAP). The following groups offer information and PAP application forms. They do not directly offer any prescription benefits and is not an insurance plan. Generally, you will need a physician to complete a medical portion of the application.
P.O. Box 63716
Philadelphia, PA 19147-7516
Fax: (419) 858-7221
Website includes a wide range of information pertaining to prescription assistance.
RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles sponsored by AstraZeneca.
Patient Assistance Program Eligibility Criteria and Medicare Part D Chart
Some pharmaceutical companies do not offer their patient assistance program to Medicare beneficiaries. This chart lists which program Medicare beneficiaries may be eligible for:
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
A collaborative service including 48 pharmaceutical companies.
Together Rx Access
Together Rx Access, LLC
P.O. Box 9426
Wilmington, DE 19809-9944
The Together Rx Access is a prescription savings program sponsored by 10 pharmaceutical companies. Average savings of 25% to 40% on prescription drugs.
Eligibility: The applicant must not have any type of prescription coverage, not eligible for Medicare, and a legal resident of the U.S.
Annual Income - Less than $30,000 individual and $40,000 for couple
Merck Prescription Discount Program
P.O. Box 369
Horsham, PA 19044-9945
The Merck Prescription Discount Program is offered to all uninsured patients, regardless of age or income. By enrolling, there will be a 15% to 20% savings off many Merck medicines. An Instant Savings Certificate (10%) is available online.
Eligibility: Must not have any prescription drug insurance or benefits through private insurance, employer-sponsored insurance, HMOs, Medicaid, Medicare prescription coverage or Veterans assistance. Must be a legal resident of the U.S.
The Senior Prescription Savings Program is an opportunity for Wayne County residents to save money on prescription medication.
You qualify for the Senior Savings Card if:
You are a Wayne County resident
You are age 55 or older
You have no other co-pay coverage (even if you have a deductible, but no co-pay)
Coverage will include:
Any drug that requires a physician's prescription
Prescription mail order services
Thousands of participating pharmacies nationwide
Wayne County Senior Prescription Savings Program
640 Temple, Suite 370
Detroit, MI 48201-2558
World Medical Relief offers the Affordable Prescription Program, a service that works in partnership with United Way ’s 2-1-1 call center, 30 senior and community centers, hospital social service departments, and other referral sources. They identify and refer potential clients to World Medical Relief’s program. Clients can also call World Medical Relief or 2-1-1 directly. After answering a few short questions, the client will receive paperwork to fill out. Once people are accepted into the program, WMR fills their prescriptions in its state-license pharmacy.
Doctors can phone or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy.
After prescriptions are filled, World Medical Relief distributes them directly to the client through USPS mail or by in-person pick up.
People are eligible if:
· Age 18 years or older
· Earn $19,000 or less per year (individual)
· Earn $31,000 or less per year (for a couple) (add $300/dependent)
· Do not have prescription drug coverage
· Are not enrolled in Medicaid
How to apply?
Call toll-free to 2-1-1 or call 313-866-5333 (World Medical Relief)
· Answer 8 short questions
· When eligible the application will be sent to your home
· Fill out the application form and enrollment survey
· Include proof of your monthly household income.
· Fax paperwork to 313-866-5588 or mail to 11745 Rosa Parks Boulevard , Detroit , MI 48206-1270
$8.30 per month, per medicine.
Clients can also receive durable medical equipment such as a wheelchair, walker, bath chair, hospital bed, etc. A small handing fee is charged, and we need a referral from a health care worker or a prescription from your physician.
Call first to check on availability.
We have adult briefs, pull-ups and bed pads available by the case. Call for prices if interested.
Basic dressings, colostomy supplies can be purchased as available at a nominal charge.
A referral is needed for those items.
All above items must be picked up and paid for by cash, money order or credit card.
We do not deliver.
The State of Michigan provides a prescription drug discount card to uninsured and under insured Michigan residents to allow them to be able to get their prescription medication for less money at participating pharmacies. Savings are up to 20% off the retail price.
Eligibility: Michigan resident, no prescription drug coverage, income level at or below the state's median income level. There is no age limit. Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in Part D and are within the deductible phase or coverage gap, are eligible to apply for the savings program if they meet the income requirements.
Annual Income: At or below the state's median income level. In 2007, single family unit income $27,930; two-person family unit income $37,470.
MiRx Prescription Savings Program
www.michigan.gov > search program name
The Michigan HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Program (DAP) helps cover costs for certain FDA approved drugs for HIV/AIDS patients who qualify for the program. The DAP currently covers HIV-specific and related medicines, as well as vaccines. To be eligible:
You must have HIV disease
You must be a state of Michigan resident
Your income level should be nor more than 450% of Federal Poverty level
You must have applied for public assistance (Medicaid) and have been denied, pending or spend-down status within 90 days of application to the DAP
Annual redetermination process
Michigan HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Program
109 Michigan Avenue, 9th floor
Lansing, MI 48913
www.michigan.gov > search program name
Program information is also available from HIV case management agencies and the local health department locations.
Call the VA Health Benefit Service Center toll-free at
(877) 222-8387 for information about prescription assistance services. *Additional information is available in the Veterans Affairs section of this directory.
A Medication Assistance program is offered by Michigan Parkinson Foundation. The program will provide limited funding per year to qualified individuals with Parkinson's. Call for eligibility information.
Michigan Parkinson Foundation
(800) 852-9781 or (248) 433-1011