This is an effort to help people who qualify and don't even know it
Doniphan, MO (PRWEB) April 4, 2006
For individuals needing assistance in affording prescription medication, help may only be a few minutes away.
The Johnson's have no insurance, and can't afford the 5 prescriptions they must take daily. However, they get all of them free-of-charge, thanks to the efforts of Free Medicine Foundation and drug-makers.
Three of the Nation's largest drug makers send the Johnson's their cholesterol, thyroid, heart, pain and blood pressure medication FREE because they participate in these little-known patient assistance programs that are offered by pharmaceutical companies.
The Johnson's who found a Free Medicine Foundation brochure application in their doctor's office said, "It's the best-kept secret in town, we couldn't take our medications without them…we wouldn't be able to afford it." they said.
Although free medicine assistance has been around for over 50 years, most people have never heard about and do not know how to apply for free medicine. The "Free Medicine Foundation" mission is to inform the media and the public of assistance that may be available to thousands of Americans who don't even realize they qualify for such help. Free Medicine Foundation works tirelessly to match patients with hundreds of free or low-cost available programs by scouring available medicine plans to find plans that match applicant needs.
Cindy Randolph, spokesman for the Free Medicine Foundation organization, said that our efforts have proven successful and have helped hundreds of thousands of Americans. Free prescription drugs are available to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured - with no outpatient prescription coverage for some or all prescription drugs you need, (have maxed their insurance out and/or reached the "gap" or "donut hole"), and who meet certain established income criteria for each medication.
"This is an effort to help people who qualify and don't even know it," said Randolph. This includes Medicare beneficiaries who elect not to enroll in a Medicare drug plan. The Office of Inspector General ("OIG") notes that "manufacturer-sponsored Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) need not remove all Medicare beneficiaries from their existing programs to be compliant with federal fraud and abuse laws. Because enrollment in Part D is voluntary, existing PAPs may continue to provide free or reduced outpatient prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries who have NOT yet enrolled in Part D." In addition, individuals who do not meet criteria for income for prescription drug coverage -including Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in the Medicare drug plan - May still qualify for free or low-cost prescription drugs.
Drug sponsors recognize that sometimes exceptions need to be made based on a patient's individual circumstances. Individuals who do not meet these criteria may still qualify if both they and their physician attest that the patient has special circumstances of financial and medical hardship, and their income is below an established limit. It's not just poor people who qualify. With each medication the income criteria varies from below the poverty level up to $39,200 for individuals, $52,800 for couples, and as high as $80,000 for a family of four.
Since 1993, Free Medicine Foundation, which is a national program to help patients across the country, access prescription medicines by helping to enroll them in patient assistance programs. The Free Medicine Foundation enrollment center is helping people in need across the united States of America.
According to Randolph, there are hundreds of programs that offer free or nearly-free prescription drugs to those who qualify. Most all prescription drugs are on a free or low-cost assistance program. The biggest issue is letting people know that such programs actually exist and that the process of enrolling is not that difficult.
People interested in attempting to enroll in one of the many programs can simply call 1-573-996-3333 or log on to http://www.FreeMedicine.com.
The online enrollment is also easy, but will require the individual to have a list of drugs they are taking handy. Applicants can apply for as many drugs as needed, there is no limit. Include a $5 per prescription application processing fee (refundable if no assistance is received) indicating which drugs you need. And once enrolled, patients can continue to receive medication indefinitely as long as programs exist and patient continues to qualify.
For people facing tough prescription drug costs, the Free Medicine Foundation assistance program is a much needed effort. For more information and to access an application, visit http://www.FreeMedicine.com.
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