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Most pharmaceutical companies offer programs to help low-income individuals access critical medicines. Your physician may be required to fill out forms or write a letter of support. The listings displayed below include organizations that can help you with this process or can supplement the cost of prescriptions directly.

Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW)  MAP →
(509) 458-2509

The mission of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington is to promote well-being, independence, dignity, and choice for all older persons and for all individuals needing long term care in Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Whitman Counties. Our mission will be achieved by: Collaborating with others to create coordinated and comprehensive service delivery systems, Providing planning, program development and administration, public information, advocacy, and direct service, Emphasizing that the above functions and services are targeted on those with the greatest social, economic, and health needs and on culturally diverse individuals, Promoting a long term care system through integrating acute and chronic care services, Creating innovative outreach and information mechanisms to reach isolated vulnerable individuals.

1222 N. Post
Spokane,  WA    99201

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
1 (888) 477-2669

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Among the organizations collaborating on this program are the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, the Lupus Foundation of America, the NAACP, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the National Medical Association. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669). Our Mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Benefits Checkup
This website sponsored by the National Council on Aging is set up to help you find what state, federal and local government health and financial programs are available in your area. They have a special section for prescription assistance.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

This national level website allows you to find out about prescription drug insurance plans available in your area. Enter your zip code and then click "Find Plans."

Medicare offers a program for persons with limited income who need help paying for their medications. Support can come in the form of reduced premiums, a reduced annual deductible, or reduced prescription co-payments. Even people who own their own home can qualify. Eligibility is based on income and resources other than a car or house.

RxAssist: Patient Assistance Programs Center

Sponsored by Volunteers in Health Care, this web-based, national service provides information regarding programs to assist with the cost of prescription drugs and tips for choosing the program that is best for you. RxAssist does not process applications. They are simply an information and referral website. RxAssist also offers assistance to physicians, with a “Provider Center” and a list serve for providers wishing to network about medication access.

The Medicine Program

The Medicine Program is a privately sponsored, nationwide service offering prescription medicine free-of-charge to individuals in need, regardless of age, if they meet the sponsor's criteria. To participate in this national program, you must not have insurance or access to a government program that pays for prescriptions. After completing an application, if you are approved and enrolled, your medication will be sent to your doctor and s/he will dispense it to you free of charge.

Please Note: Horizon Hospice does not specifically endorse the activities of these organizations, but offers their information as a sample of the kinds of materials and services that are available.


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