Category: Patient Assistance

Saving on the Cost of Drugs with Coupons and Rebates

Here at NeedyMeds we are dedicated to finding as many savings programs on medications and healthcare as possible. One of the primary sources of assistance we list are Patient Assistance Programs. These programs are usually offered by pharmaceutical companies and other organizations to provide medications at little to no cost. Many people, however, do not qualify for these programs because their income is too high or they are insured. Knowing this we began to collect information on coupons, rebates and other offers for medications. Our listing started fairly small but has grown considerably. We currently list over 1,600 coupons, rebates and other offers.

Each listing we post is for a brand name medication, including both over-the-counter and prescription medications. The offers vary and include printable coupons and rebates, savings cards, 7-30 day free trial offers, and free samples. Each program is different – some are as simple as printing out the coupon while others require registration, questionnaires, or obtaining a free sample through your doctor.

Finding a coupon or other offer is easy. We list each offer on

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Finding Assistance with Multiple Sclerosis on NeedyMeds

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. There are approximately 400,000 people living with the disease currently in the United States. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be ‘immune-mediated’ rather than ‘autoimmune.’”

Each person experiences MS differently, with unpredictable symptoms and severity of symptoms. “No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. One person might experience only one or two of the possible symptoms while another person experiences many more.” Common

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All About Camps & Retreats

This winter may be dragging on and on for many of us, but summer is just around the corner! A fun past-time for many children and young adults is summer camp – a few weeks away from home, cooking over a camp-fire, s’mores and sing-a-longs. Many children with specific diagnoses, however, are unable to go to camp with their peers; their condition keeps them from going to summer camp. This can be very upsetting, telling a child they cannot participate along with their peers due to a medical condition. Luckily, however, there are now many camps and retreats specifically designed for people with certain diagnoses.

Who Do They Serve?

Every camp listed on the NeedyMeds site is different – serving different people based on their medical condition. In general the camps are designed for children and young adults with a specific diagnosis. There are also many camps available for children whose parents have a specific diagnosis, and a number of camps that are designed not just for children but for siblings or the entire family to enjoy. Most camps are funded by private or government run organizations.

What

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All About Medicare Savings Programs

In 1965 President Johnson and the United States Congress created Medicare as part of the Social Security Act. A national program, Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older along with some people under age 65 with disabilities or end stage renal disease. It is broken down into four different parts.

• Part A is hospital insurance – covering expenses for hospital care, nursing facility care, and home health services.

• Part B is medical insurance for outpatient hospital care and doctor’s services. Unlike Part A, Medicare Part B is optional.

• Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, is a combination of Parts A and B offered by private insurance companies (approved by Medicare) which generally also includes prescription drug coverage.

• Part D is prescription drug coverage, and similar to Part C, is offered by private insurance companies with Medicare approval.

For some people, Medicare covers all of their medical expenses. However, many people have additional out-of-pocket expenses. If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for help

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All About the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

Healthcare related costs are a major problem for many Americans who are uninsured and underinsured, even if they are relatively healthy. For people with a serious medical condition these financial problems can be even worse. One diagnosis that finds many patients in an expensive position is HIV/AIDS. A diagnosis of HIV or AIDS comes with a hefty price tag, according to study on NBC news, “An American diagnosed with the AIDS virus can expect to live for about 24 years on average, and the cost of health care over those two-plus decades is more than $600,000, new research indicates… The researchers estimated the monthly cost of care at $2,100, with about two-thirds of that spent on medications.” For patients without insurance these costs are extremely daunting. Luckily, there is a program to help uninsured and underinsured AIDS patients – the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, formerly known as the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency) Act.

Who was Ryan White?

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