Patient assistance foundations
Contact the manufacturer of your medication first to find out about assistance you may be eligible for, or which private foundations are most likely to assist you.
The following patient assistance foundations may assist with high out-of-pocket costs, such as copays, depending on available funding. If an assistance foundation is currently out of funding, check back in a few months to see if funds have become available.
The Assistance Fund—855.845.3663
The Assistance Fund is a leading nonprofit organization created to make access to medications a reality for patients who are critically or chronically ill by offering financial support for co-pays, deductibles and insurance premiums.
The HealthWell Foundation is an independent, charitable organization that provides financial assistance to individuals for insurance premiums, prescription drug co-insurance, co-payments and deductibles, and other select out-of-pocket health costs. Individuals covered by private insurance, employer-sponsored plans, Medicare or Medicaid may be eligible to participate.
*As of April 2012 funding is only available for those who have Medicare.
Patient Advocate Foundation—866.512.3861
The Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief program provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance.
PAF also provides case management services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses.
*As of April 2012 all available funds for the treatment of psoriasis have been exhausted at the present time.
Chronic Disease Fund—877.968.7233
The Chronic Disease Fund helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need. CDF assists patients throughout the United States who meet income qualification guidelines and have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan but cannot afford the co-payments for their specialty therapeutics.
*As of April 2012 funding is not currently available for psoriasis. Open enrollment begins again in the fall.
Patient Access Network Foundation—866.316.7263
The Patient Access Network Foundation supports insured patients who cannot afford the high out-of-pocket costs associated with their medical care. Only patients with plaque psoriasis are eligible.
*As of April 2012 funding is only available for those who have Medicare and who are on a biologic treatment.