NeedyMeds Video: Finding Help with Medical Expenses

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Medical costs continue to rise and unemployment is still high. The result? More and more of us are finding ourselves without medical insurance; or if we do still have insurance, we're finding that they are paying for less and less.

     

    Two nonprofit organizations recently teamed up to help us find resources that offer assistance when we we find ourselves in those situations. PANDORA, a nonprofit serving people with fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and other NeuroEndocrineImmune diseases, and NeedyMeds.org produced a Webinar that teaches us how to navigate the NeedyMeds Website and find the programs that may be able to help us.

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    The Webinar was recorded and the 28-minute video is available below. Following is a summary of the types of programs included on the NeedyMeds Website and discussed in the video:

     

    Patient Assistance Programs – Most pharmaceutical companies offer programs that provide free or discounted medicines for low-to-moderate-income, uninsured and under-insured people who meet the guidelines.

     

    Drug Coupons – Coupons you can print out for discounts on both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

     

    Disease-Based Assistance – Programs that offer help with many types of expenses related to a specific disease or type of disease.

     

    Free/Low Cost Clinics – You can search for medical and dental clinics by zip code to find one near you.

     

    Camps and Scholarships – Find listings of camps for children and adults with specific diseases. Also find a list of scholarships offered for students with specific diseases.

     

    Disease Resources – In addition to a short description of the disease, the disease pages provide links to medical information, support organizations and patient assistance programs for the medications frequently prescribed in the treatment of the disease.

     

    Government Programs – A state-by-state listing of state healthcare assistance programs available.

     

    Drug Discount Card – NeedyMeds has its own discount card but also lists other drug discount cards available so you can find the card that best meets your needs.

     

    Here is the NeedyMeds and PANDORA Webinar:

     

    If you have any needs at all regarding medical costs and services, I would encourage you to check out the NeedyMeds Website even if you think you wouldn't qualify. It only takes a few minutes to check and you might be able to save some money.

     

    For additional information, check out these articles:

     

    Finding Help When You Don't Have Insurance

     

    How Do I Get Mental Health Services with No Money and No Insurance?

     

Published On: May 16, 2012