Guidance for Help With Medication Cost Now Available

Important Access-to-Care Resources Now Available

Three new Arthritis Foundation guides to prescription co-pay support and financial assistance for specific arthritis drugs are now available online http://www.arthritistoday.org/arthritis-treatment/getting-medical-care/paying-for-care/.

These guides list pharmaceutical company programs that help lower the cost of medication; ways to get help paying for Medicare and prescriptions; and financial aid organizations that help pay for medications. The drug-specific resource list is unique, because it focuses exclusively on arthritis medications.

“When it comes to treating arthritis, out-of-pocket costs can put medications out of reach for some patients,” says Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Ann Palmer. “We have become increasingly concerned about changes in the health care environment that restrict the coverage of arthritis medications, causing people with arthritis to often pay full price, or a large portion of it, for the medication they need. This can cause some families to make very tough decisions.”

Following are the resources available:

  1. Pharmaceutical Company Programs That Help Lower the Cost of Medication
    The Arthritis Foundation guide to prescription co-pay support and financial assistance for specific arthritis drugs.
  2. Get Help Paying for Medicare and Prescriptions
    The Arthritis Foundation guide to private and government programs that help with the cost of Medicare Part D coverage and Medicare prescriptions.
  3. Financial Aid Organizations That Help Pay for Your Medications
    The Arthritis Foundation guide to private groups that give financial assistance for arthritis and other medications.