Thursday, April 26, 2012

Patient Assistance Programs

Patient Assistant Programs (PAP's) have been around for some time. If you have trouble paying for your prescription medication, you should explore PAP options.

What is a PAP?

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.

Who is Eligible?

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

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Have no prescription insurance coverage
In some cases, patients who are on Medicare and have a Part D drug plan can still use the services of a PAP.  Ask your prescription drug plan carrier if they will help in applying for assistance.

Several years ago I became acquainted with these programs and have recommended them to friends and clients. Most are large national companies but some are small and "client friendly."
Susan Marx is a former client as well as a friend. I have called on her numerous times to help friends and clients find a way to pay for their medication.

SPIN (Special Patients in Need) is a Georgia based Patient Assistance Program with clients all over the country. You do not have to be a Georgia resident to use their services.

They can help you find a way to pay for thousands of Generic or Brand name medications.

SPIN offers a wide range of public assistance programs for low income individuals including free clinics, free cell phones, home mortgage assistance and more.

We invite you to contact Susan at Special Patients in Need if you are on Medicare, or if you are having difficulty in paying for your medications. We've included her website in our "Resources" section in the sidebar.
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