How to Be Broke & Medicated

Artist: Robin Mead

If you can’t afford the treatment you need, don’t give up hope just yet. Try these things first.

Some of these programs require low-income. Some do not. And some think “low-income” means “less than $75,000 per year!”

Rest assured, these programs do work. Check out the stories on this page: How a Bunch of Different People Got a Bunch of Different Meds Real Cheap. If these folks can do it, you can do it too.

Please comment below to let us know if any links on this page stop working:

Cheap Meds!

  • State drug discount programs
  • NeedyMeds – Check here first
  • RxAssist – database of patient assistance programs
  • Rx Outreach – over 400 free or discounted medications
  • RX Access provides savings to low income people
  • RxHope your doctor, nurse or caseworker will fill out a form
  • Goodrx – coupons save up to 80%
  • Patientservices – Good program for certain expensive medications.
  • Blink – price match for generic medications
  • Try contacting low-income healthcare programs in your area and inquire about prescription assistance. Make sure to check all types of programs: clinics, centers, and hospital financial aid programs.
  • You can also try asking your doctor if they can prescribe a cheaper medication, or one that is covered by your health insurance.


Thank you to Cort Johnson & Health Rising for these resources:

Medicaid – Try again!

If you got turned down or did not apply, check out:

Doctors & Dentists

Lab Tests

Transport (planes, trains, automobiles)

Lyme Disease

Escaping Co-Payments, Deductibles, & Premiums

Offsetting Costs

  • Food Stamps Regs – If you are disabled and have medical expenses, your food stamps can go up.
  • Housing Regs – If you live in Section 8, HUD, or USDA housing and have medical expenses, your rent can go down.
  • Tax Breaks – you may be able to get tax breaks based on your medical costs.
  • Medical expenses can be anything written down by your doctor, including vitamins, herbs and supplements. Sometimes other things count too! For example: food and litter for an emotional support animal. Learn more:  How to Document Medical Expenses

Help Navigating All of This

Be Less Broke

Success Stories & Tips From Readers

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8 thoughts on “How to Be Broke & Medicated”

  1. What an uplifting site – I love the colours and Sleepy Girls whole approach to this territory.

    I felt totally demoralised applying for benefits but I had to get over that to survive. Sleepy Girls stunning site cheers me up 🙂


  2. I have Medicaid but then I have a lot of out of pocket costs to follow the doctor’s orders. $40 for wrap-around arch supports, $20 for a tailbone seat cushion, $10 for an app to do cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, and so on and so forth. Is there any help for any of those costs?


    1. Great question. You could try contacting the companies to see if they can give any discounts or free samples to a person who is low income or disabled? If you are in a Medicaid waiver program, you could ask your caseworker if any funds are available for additional medical purchases? These items could also be deducted as medical expenses on food stamps and housing forms. Sorry I do not know a lot of other options, unless there are a local programs in your area that provide assistance.


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