im on health choice arizona, and can not afford to pay my copay for my medications, and have been out of them for going on 3 months, i have tried several places for help, including perscription assistance programs, i even contact my doctor for samples, with no results or help what so ever.
You cannot order from the manufacturer. You can get help from them tho usually, for brand name. If you're taking generics you shouldn't have much of a copay. There are also places you can go for assistance. If you tell us what meds we can find the manufacturer and their help contact info. Here are the other places you can look for help:The CoPay Relief Program 1-866-512-3861 or www.copay.org; or Suddenly Senior www.suddenlysenior.com/patientassistantprograms.html; or Needy Meds www.needymeds.org; and Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-888-477-2669 or www.pparx.org www.freemedicine.com www.access2wellness.com
Arizona also has the Copper Card program. Go to azgovernor.gov/coppercard/ or you can just google copper card az. It is free of charge to all Arizona residents. It has most commonly prescribed drugs and it is easy to use. Just show your card to the pharmacy. You can sign up online or there is a number to call. That number is (888) 227-8315. All of the programs kaismama mentioned are good too. Look at all discount cards and options so you can get the best deal. I work as a case manager in AZ and many of my patients use the Copper Card and many of these copay relief programs that KM told you of. Look them over carefully. Some you cant use if you are on Medicare or AHCCCS or private insurance-some are for uninsured only. While you cant order your medication directly from the manufacturer, you can contact the manufacturers of your medications and see if they have an assistance program. Some companies offer them and some dont. Your pharmacist should be able to tell you who the manufacturer of your medication are and may even be able to provide you with the assistance program number but even if you can just get the manufacturer name, you can look them up on this site and get the program numbers.
Another thing to try, with Health Choice, you may have a case manager! A case manager is a very valuable resource person for you. Call the customer services or member services number on your health choice card and ask them if you have a case manager assigned to you. If you dont have one, ask them if you can have one assigned to you and ask them if he/she can call you asap. Your case manager can help you with many resources. They can even help you work better with your Dr. I have called and spoken with my patients Drs to see if lower cost drugs could be prescribed in the place of more expensive ones. I have worked with Drs to get pharmacy overrides done and get people medications that have been denied. I do health education to make sure people are getting the tests they need and not getting ones that the dont need. I basically help to educate them about their health, empower them to help themselves, teach them to self advocate and how to navigate the healthcare system which is a daunting task even for me sometimes and I have been a nurse for many years! You case manager might be willing to do the leg work for you to find out where you can get the best prices on drugs. She may know of community resources to help you! A good CM is worth their weight in gold! Good luck! Hope this helped you a bit
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