Saturday, May 2, 2015

Getting Assistance for the Donut Hole in Prescription Drugs

A big worry for people who are covered by part D prescription coverage is the dreaded donut hole--the part after initial coverage, that drops coverage, before the cost is covered again. Is there any assistance available for this cost? Sometimes, in some circumstances, there is.

By 2020, the Affordable Health Care Act will gradually erase the donut hole. Until then, some patient assistance programs set up by drugmakers to help uninsured and underinsured people will help with the donut hole. RxAssist has a page devoted to specific drug manufacturers and the drugs for which they will prove donut hole assistance.

The Patient Advocates Foundation also has a copay assistance fund for several potentially catastrophic illnesses. Check this list and see if you qualify, and apply online.

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