Free Prescriptions for People without Health Insurance, Drug Coverage
People who have no health insurance or who have no prescription drug coverage may be able to take advantage of patient assistance programs, which are run by pharmaceutical companies. Patient assistance programs provide free or nearly free medications to individuals who cannot afford to buy their medicine.
All of the major drug companies have patient assistance programs, and the programs generally offer the best known and most prescribed drugs. The eligibility requirements for each pharmaceutical company’s patient assistance program vary, although they do share many of the same basic features. Generally, people must have an income under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, must not have prescription coverage from any private or public source, and must be a US citizen or US resident. Some companies require applicants to have no health insurance.
Potential participants are required to complete an application for the company’s program, and although different companies may ask for different information, generally they inquire about prescription coverage, eligibility for public health insurance programs, income and asset information, and veteran’s status. They may also ask for proof of income, a prescription from your doctor, information about your doctor, denial letters from Medicaid or insurance providers, and patient consent forms.