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Help Paying for Medicines

Learn more about resources that are available to help people without Medicaid or Medicare pay for medicines, including pharmacy discount programs and patient assistance programs.

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Patient Assistance Programs

Local County Assistance Programs

Medication Assistance Program (MAP)
Non-profit organization, listed by county, that provides access to free prescription drugs for uninsured, low-income individuals. Prescription drugs are available through participating pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Medicine Assistance Tool
Free online program that connects individuals to patient assistance programs and to free and low-cost clinics in their area.

Patient Advocacy Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program (CPF)
Provides direct financial assistance to qualified individuals, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments, coinsurances and deductibles. Individual must have insurance and coverage for the medication for which they are seeking financial assistance and their income must fall below the income guidelines, either 300% or 400% or less of the FPL. CPR call counselors work directly with the individual as well as with the provider of care to obtain necessary medical, insurance and income information to advance the application in an expeditious manner. Upon approval, payments are made to the doctor, pharmacy, and individual directly.

Pharmacy, Non-Profit

NC Med Assist
Non-profit pharmacy program for North Carolina residents that provides FREE access to lifesaving prescription medicines, patient support, advocacy, and related services to poor, vulnerable, and uninsured North Carolina residents. The pharmacy mails the prescriptions to North Carolina residents who live outside of Mecklenburg County.

Rx Outreach
Non-profit mail order pharmacy in St Louis that ships directly to individuals’ homes. It is available to qualifying individuals and families. Patients can be on Medicaid, Medicare or other health insurance and still receive medications from Rx Outreach. There are no enrollment or membership fees.

Pharmacy Discount Programs

Blink Health
A for-profit company that offers a free app that finds the cheapest price for a drug and locks it in for individuals who can then pay online and fill their prescriptions at one of 60,000 pharmacies in the United States.

Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs
Cost Plus Drug Company contracts with a third-party supplier to get unfinished prescription drugs. The service carries out the final stage of processing and labeling and takes a 15% profit margin to reduce the costs of prescription medicine — essentially cutting out pharmacy middlemen.

A huge consumer group buying service for the uninsured and underinsured. The discounts and savings on medications are provided voluntarily by the more than 61,000 participating pharmacies that have agreed to provide prices similar to what they give large insurance companies and employers.

Good Rx
A for-profit company that collects and compares prices and then offers consumers a coupon to get the best rate. The company has information on every FDA approved medication at more than 70,000 US pharmacies (mostly chains). Once the individual finds the best price at a local pharmacy, they can either print a coupon or show it on their smart phone.

NCMS Discount Prescription Drug Card
Touts savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 68,000 national and regional pharmacies. This card can be used as your primary plan and/or it can be used on prescriptions not covered by your insurance plan.

A non-profit clearinghouse that provides information on all medical needs, including medications. It collects data on patient assistance programs, drug coupons and rebates, and offers its own drug discount card.

Major retailers’ prescription discount plans (Independent pharmacies may match these prices.)

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 07/29/2021