One of my new Parkie friends that I have met on the PatientsLikeMe site is knoxgal. She posted an extensive set of links for places to go to get help paying for Parkinson’s meds, for those who do not have insurance. Some of these sites are for other than just PD meds, too. I asked permission to copy her post for any of you who either need this information yourself, or know someone who could make good use of it.
Bridge to Access:
Partnership for Patience Assistance
Johnson & Johnson:
This is what knoxgal has to say:
Every site is different as to what meds they will cover. Most require the same thing and I am offering this info through trial and error. To get started you will need to contact them to get an application. Fill out the application and note the requirements needed. Number 1 — prescription. Number two–verification of income. Number three– a copy of W2 for the last year. Later, they have requested the last page of my filing with the IRS, showing your income and the amount of your refund etc.
Please note every site requires something different, such as your income, employment status etc. Once you have all of your forms filled out, and documents together, you need to get these to your doctor for him to sign them and he will get them into the provider for you.
I have found that they are really good about automatically sending you refills. You don’t even have to request them. You usually qualify for free meds or discounted meds for a year. After a year is up, you do need to reapply.
I hope this is helpful.
I should think there would be a lot of folks who would find this information helpful, and I want to thank knoxgal for allowing me to copy her post.
PS Just to give you an idea of what a neat site PatientsLikeMe is, here’s the public part of my information on the site, plus you can see what other patients have made public, as well. Right now, they are set up for patients with ALS and MS, as well.