Prescription Drug & Benefit Assistance

NYS Medicaid Prescription Changes Effective October 1, 2011


ACCESS NYC logo ACCESS NYC screens over 20 City, State, and Federal health and human service benefit programs. In addition to screening, one can learn about the programs, how to apply, where to go, and even print filled in applications.  The ACCESS NYC website is available in seven languages.

AstraZenaca: AZ Medicine & Me for People in Medicare Part D Program

AstraZeneca United States AZ Medicine & Me™ for People in Medicare Part D Program is designed to provide significant savings to qualifying people who are enrolled in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage plans and are having difficulty affording their AstraZeneca medicines.

People can learn more about whether or not they or a family member may qualify for the program, by calling the AZ Medicine & Me™ hotline at 1-800-957-6285, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST.

FHP (FamilyHealth Plus) Employer Buy-in

Enacted by the New York State Legislature, the FHPlus Employer Buy-In gives employers and designated sponsors a new option for purchasing health insurance coverage for their employees and members. The FHPlus Employer Buy-In makes available a comprehensive benefit package with low out-of-pocket costs at an affordable premium. In addition, under the FHPlus Employer Buy-In, New York State will pay the employees’ share of the premium (up to 30%) for employees who meet the eligibility requirements for government sponsored health insurance programs.

Starting in October 2009 applications will be accepted from employers and other designated sponsors for participation in the FHPlus Employer Buy-In with coverage starting in January 2010.

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Janssen Prescription Assistance

Janssen Prescription Assistance has information about prescription assistance programs sponsored by relevant Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies as well as up-to-date information about independent foundations that may have available funding to help minimize drug costs.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare: A Primer

Explains key elements of the program that now provides health coverage to nearly 44 million people – including about 37 million people age 65 and older and another 7 million younger adults with permanent disabilities. It looks at the characteristics of the Medicare population, what benefits are covered, how much people with Medicare pay for their benefits and the program's overall costs and future financing challenges.It also provides information about the Medicare Advantage program and the Medicare drug benefit, and includes detailed tables showing the number of Medicare beneficiaries in each state, broken out by age, income level, source of drug coverage, and by enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans.

Medicaid: A Primer

Provides an overview of the basic components of the nation's largest health coverage program which covers 55 million low-income individuals (including families, people with disabilities and the elderly) and is the dominant source of the country's long-term care financing. The primer examines the structure of the program, who it covers, what services it provides, and spending. Because Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal and state governments and the states administer the program within broad federal guidelines, programs vary across states. Tables examining the state-to-state variation in eligibility, enrollment, and spending for Medicaid enrollees are included in the primer.

Medicare Interactive

Get Answers to Your Medicare Questions with Medicare Interactive (MI), your one-stop source for information about health care rights, options and benefits.

Can I change my Medicare private drug plan (Part D) at any time?

New York Prescription Saver

NYPS is a free prescription discount card that will help people under age 65, who are too young for New York Prescription Saver EPIC, save on the cost of prescription drugs.  The card is sponsored by NYS and the discounts are provided by pharmacies and manufacturers.  Unlike EPIC, the discount card doesn't actually PAY for the drug.  It simply gives the consumer the benefit of the same discounted price that EPIC negotiates for its members.  It can lower the cost of prescriptions by as much as 60 percent on generics and 30 percent on brand name drugs.  

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

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. The can be reached at 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669)

Pfizer Helpful Answers

The Pfizer Helpful Answers is a family of programs to help people without prescription coverage save on many Pfizer medicines, no matter their age or income.

RxAssist - Patience Assistance Program Center

Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.

Together Rx Access - Prescription Savings Program

The Together Rx Access Card allows uninsured patients to access a broad range of prescription medicines and products at a savings through a free, easy-to-use card. Together Rx Access can also direct individuals to the companies' existing Patient Assistance Programs. They can be reaached at 1-800-250-2839.

The program will be ending February 28, 2014, but eligible individuals can continue to enroll in the prescription savings program until December 31, 2013.