BenefitsCheckUp helps individuals aged >55 years find support programs that may cover some of their prescription drug costs and other healthcare expenses.
Social Security provides benefits to patients with serious medical conditions that meet disability standards. Compassionate Allowances is a means for Social Security to quickly identify medical conditions that qualify for benefits under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information and target them for allowances.
Extra Help is a Social Security program that provides financial assistance to eligible Medicare beneficiaries with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs such as monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription copays. Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 annually. To be eligible for Extra Help, an individual must receive Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in 1 of the 50 states or in the District of Columbia.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Office of Rare Diseases Research maintains an online resource that provides links to several support services, including support and advocacy organizations, financial aid for medical treatment, travel and lodging assistance, and fee-for-service ambulance services.
As mandated by the Hill-Burton Act, about 150 healthcare facilities nationwide provide free or reduced-cost care for patients who are unable to pay and to make their services available to all persons residing in the facility’s area. Patients are eligible to apply for Hill-Burton free care if their income is at or below the current Health & Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines, and to reduced-cost care if their income is 2 times the HHS Poverty Guidelines.
The NIH maintains a database of government agencies and national organizations that provide financial assistance to patients with cancer and their families. In addition, it provides information about patient assistance programs.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education is a nonprofit multistakeholder coalition that is involved in communicating information on prescription assistance programs to consumers and healthcare professionals.