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Frequently Asked Questions About Patient Assistance Programs


What are patient assistance programs?

These are programs set up by drug companies that offer free or low cost drugs to uninsured individuals who cannot afford their medication. Most brand name drugs are found in these programs.

Companies offer these programs voluntarily; the government does not require them to provide free medicine.

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Who is eligible for Patient Assistance Programs?

Each program has it's own rules. Usually an individual must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Have no prescription insurance coverage
  • Have an income under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level

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Do I have to pay for an application?

No, there is no charge for the application or to have your application reviewed by the company offering the medication. Some organizations charge a small fee to help you fill out the application, but you can do this on your own if you want.

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Can I apply for these programs if I have Medicare Part D?

It depends on the company. Some companies will let people with Part D apply for their programs. Oher companies may review applications on a case-by-case basis.

Click here to see a chart of PAP's and their Medicare Part D policies





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