Well, first of all, do you have a job? If so, and you make decent money, but have no insurance, there are a number of things you can try. There are clinics that offer help to people on a sliding scale, and if you already have prescriptions, you can sometimes get them at these clinics for $5 or nothing, if you have nothing to pay. You have to check around for these places. You can also contact the Pharmeceutical Company that makes the drug you need help paying for and oftentimes they will help you to get your meds for free or for a very low cost. If you are not working, you are entitled to Public Assistance and should be able to get on Medicaid, which would pay for your doctors, meds, any tests ordered by doctors, give you a small stipend (around $300 a month) and food stamps. To do that, just find your local CSO/Public Assistance/Welfare, it may be called different things in different states, but go into the office and apply for help for medical, money and food stamps.
Sounds more like you are working and can't afford the meds. Do you have a Costco near where you live? The price of medications at Costco is much much lower than any of the other pharmacies, sometimes half the cost of what another place would charge you. You need to ask that your Dr. prescribe generic brand medications and if possible, maybe change meds to something that will help in the same way and be cheaper. If i knew what you were prescribed, i might be able to tell you what would be a similar drug that cost less that you could ask your Dr. for, or you can call any pharmacist and ask them what would be a lower cost drug that would give similar effects of the things you are now prescribed. Often times Doctors have samples of medications, but usually not of the narcotics or benzodiazapams, as the pharmeceutical reps don't hand those out, too easy for them to disappear, staff could take them and if someone od'd they would have a lawsuit to worry about. So, that is about all i can think of at the moment, as i said, if you want to tell me what you are taking or supposed to be getting, i might know of something cheaper, but you can usually get that info from any pharmacist. And, as i said, if you are not working and have no money you had best apply for some public assistance, even if you are looking for work, you can always use it until something else comes along. Good luck.
Everything the 1st person who answered is correct. I also wanted to mention a few sites if you have little to no income whether you meet the poverty level or not. Try, www.rxassist.org www.pparx.org needymeds.org and a state sponsored program that may be available to you or at least give to you some good information just for your state is www.ncsl.org
Personally I am above the poverty level, on SSDI with Medicare A/B and Part D drug plan. I don't meet the standards for reduced prices for my plan or even being in the gap or donut hole since May each year that I don't get out of for the rest of the year by only getting near the end of gap but never meeting it. Funny how they set people like myself and seniors up to possibly lose everything to get needed meds. One of my meds alone is a brand name (can't take the generic and am allergic to other types) and cost $569.98 a month. Walgreen's has been my pharmacy for many years now and gave me a discount card for that one medication that allows me to save $70 a month through next year before I reach the gap again. It is a card from the drug company that makes the medication. I have 4 other meds I need each month that are generics but somehow the Part D plan now raises my copay by 100% to make me pay $14 verses $7 a month for each one.
Try all you can to find something to help you as I know how hard it is for me to give up more than 60% of my SSDI each month to pay for my prescriptions alone not counting the $76.30 a month just for being in Part D.
I get annuities that prevent me from receiving any other help and even Medicare Advantage plans only help on the cost of things that Medicare A/B doesn't pay for yet will not help much with the Part D plan so I'm so stuck.
Look at all your options and even state assisted programs.
I live in Indiana and there just isn't much help for anyone like me through the state or otherwise.
Try going to the Health Department. They have certain programs & such that help people with no money or no insurance. Also ask them for phone numbers to places that help with prescribtion plans. Do you work? If not you know you can get S.S.I for Anxiety & Panic Attacks & stuff along that line. I am on S.S.I for a few things such as Anxiety, Panic Attacks & A bad epidoral when I had my Daughter messed my back up real bad, but I know several people who just have Anxiety and got awarded S.S.I, give it a shot, dont hurt to try. If you do have work & do not want to try to get S.S.I, there are always Insurances that you can buy, like $1 a month & so on. Do a search on your computer.
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