Co-pay Assistance Programs

Many people suffering from life-threatening or rare diseases discover that, even if they have insurance, they cannot afford life-saving medications.  Some conditions require drugs costing $100,000 per year or more, and, too often, the cost is simply not included in the patient’s insurance coverage.

Fortunately, there are Co-Pay Assistance Programs that can help qualified patients receive these important medications.  These Co-Pay Assistance Foundations provide assistance for those suffering from certain diseases — they do not provide assistance for all medicines or all conditions.  However, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with one of these diseases and cannot afford the medication, these organizations may be able to help.

While each program has its own set of eligibility criteria, most require that patients:

  • Be diagnosed with one of the currently covered conditions
  • Be prescribed one of the targeted medications
  • Have some form of health insurance that includes some level of prescription drug coverage
  • Demonstrate financial hardship, although some programs provide assistance to those making as much as 500 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, based on income and family size
  • Live in the U.S. and receive the care for the condition in the U.S.

Please note that this is not a summary of all of the eligibility criteria and that each program establishes its own guidelines for who is eligible for assistance and to what degree.

This alphabetical list of covered diseases includes links to the organizations dedicated to helping patients suffering from each condition.  Not all of the medications for a given disease are covered, but, by contacting the specific Co-Pay Assistance Foundation listed next to the disease’s name, you will be able to find out whether the medication you have been prescribed but cannot afford is included in the program.

You can also get more information by reviewing the attached document listing each of the 10 Co-Pay Assistance Foundations, along with the contact information and diseases covered.