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Follow these easy steps to find assistance programs that will help with costs of healthcare.
Look for Low-Cost Medicine Programs
- Programs called PAPs (patient assistance programs) provide free or low-cost medicine to low-income people who are uninsured or under-insured. Programs exist for BRAND NAME DRUGS and GENERIC NAME DRUGS
- On the NeedyMeds.org one can click on the first letter of the name of your medicine in the alphabet bar to learn about the programs designed to save money on that particular medication.
- Look for all of your medicines, not just the most expensive. If your medicine is not on either list, it is not available through a PAP. Call the program if you have questions.
Look for Additional Assistance Programs
Click on the blue words to learn about finding other assistance programs.
- Application Assistance is a resource of organizations that will help you find and apply for PAPs for free or a small fee.Disease-Based Assistance is a database of programs that help with the costs associated with specific diseases or conditions.
- Government Programs are state and federal programs that assist low-income residents.
- Discount Drug Cards lists several categories of cards.
Check all the categories and look for all your medicines.
Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) has designed the El Cáncer Nos Afecta a Todos (Cancer Affects Everyone) campaign, specifically for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The campaign focuses on breast and colorectal cancer and consists of a combined “in the air” and “on the ground” outreach approach to improve Latino access to cancer prevention and early detection services and to work to eliminate barriers to prevention and screening.
This educational communications campaign will span five years, from 2009 to 2013, and include the development of an innovative scalable and cost-effective model for changing Latino attitudes and behaviors about cancer prevention awareness; forge a stronger link between community health service providers and Spanish-speaking Americans; increase U.S. Latino educational fluency about cancer prevention and early detection, and ultimately result in an increase in the number of Latinos being tested for cancer.
As part of this national campaign, HAF’s team launched a 5-week pilot campaign (El Cancer Nos Afecta A Todos) in the Denver metropolitan area on November 16, 2009 to inform and educate Spanish-dominant Latino’s about Colorectal cancer, prevention and early detection through a Spanish-language mass-media and community outreach activities in partnership with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, Consulado Mexicano de Denver, AVANCE Supermarkets, and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
We are reaching the Latino audience through print, radio and television media along with workshops at community based churches. Members of the community who are uninsured and are interested in connecting with a primary health provider and learn if they are eligible for a colonoscopy at no cost to them are encouraged to contact us via telephone or email.
To find out more about the community centers that work in partnership with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program (CCSP) in your area visit our service provider directory and type in your zipcode and the keyword cancer. For the latest information and research about cancer, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cancer Control resource center.
With the state’s unemployment rate topping 10 percent, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner highlighted a Web site Thursday that’s designed to help people who may have lost their health insurance along with their jobs.
The Web site, coverageforall.org, is run operatedby a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in San Jose called the Foundation for Health Coverage Education in San Jose. The organization also runs a help line at 800-234-1317. The Web site and hotline are designed to provide access to hundreds of state and federal health insurance programs that meet a wide variety of individual needs.
“A lot of people don’t know these programs exist,” founder Phil Lebherz said in a press release. “What we are doing is making it easier for people in need to access all of their local and statewide options.”
Even before the recession, the federal government estimated that almost one in five Californians lacked health insurance at some point during the last 12 months, Poizner said in a press release. In January alone, nearly 80,000 Californians lost their jobs and their likely source of health insurance, Poizner said.
“There are resources out there, both public andprivate, that can help people who don’t have health insurance and want to know what their options are.”
Source: Sacramento Business Journal
Author: Kathy Robertson