Listed below are possible solutions for families who may have difficulty affording medications.
Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program (KPAP)
The CHFS Department of Public Health has launched the KPAP initiative, a network of community resources to help Kentuckians locate free or reduced-cost prescription medications. Sites are located in counties statewide where citizens have access to volunteers and computer technology allowing them to locate assistance programs. To find a KPAP site, contact 1-800-633-8100.
Patient Assistance Programs
Most major drug companies offer programs that provide free medications to people who can't afford them. Program requirements vary by manufacturer. The following Web sites can help families access some of these manufacturer programs.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance Pharmaceutical industry-sponsored web site with phone help line staffed by trained specialists (888-477-2669)
- Needy Meds Web site run by non-profit, includes information about disease-based programs
- Rx Assist Web site run by government-supported national resource center
If you can't find a specific medication on these sites, contact the manufacturer to ask if it has a patient assistance program, reimbursement program, indigent patient program, compassionate care program or medical needs program that will cover the medication you need.
Pharmacy Chain Discount Prescriptions
Many chain pharmacies have special pricing on generic prescriptions ranging from free to $4 per month. This list is not intended to be complete and there may be other resources in your area. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by CCSHCN.
Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club
Mail Order and 90-Day Prescriptions
For those who do carry insurance with prescription coverage, mail-order benefits may be available under your policy or through mail-order pharmacies; for example, Rx Outreach. In addition to saving money, families may be spared unnecessary trips to the pharmacy.
Prescription Drug Discount Cards
Many drug discount cards are available that families may benefit from. The Needy Meds site mentioned above offers such a card, or a simple internet search will yield multiple other products which offer significant savings.
Kentucky Physicians Care (KPC) providers donate time and materials to provide free, one-time routine care to low-income, uninsured Kentuckians. KPC also provides selected free prescription assistance through a partnership with several pharmaceutical manufacturers.