How to Be Broke & Medicated

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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!

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.

Supplements

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


Updated April 2018. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working. If you found this page helpful, please share it with others by pressing one of these magic little buttons: 

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