Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

Many people find it a financial strain to pay for prescription medication from time to time. Here are some drug assistance programs that may be helpful.

MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program
Formerly called MassMedLine. The MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program will answer your questions about your prescription medicines, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Part D Gap, and other state and federal insurance coverage. It is a community service program of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Staff includes pharmacists and case managers who assist residents throughout the state.

During these difficult economic times, many people struggle with the cost of their medications and this leads to difficult choices that have to be made.The case management team will work with you, individually, to determine your needs and try to find ways to meet them. Many programs offer financial assistance to people who are in need. State and federal programs, including Medicare and Prescription Advantage, private foundations, and pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs may be able to provide you with some help. There are also clinics and medication assistance programs in some local communities that are able to help with immediate medication needs. MCPHS will work with you to evaluate your eligibility for these programs and services.
Toll free MassMedLine – 866-633-1617
Lowering the cost of medication
This web site offers comprehensive information on patient assistance programs available through its alphabetical “drug list”, and provides a chart on pharmaceutical discount card comparisons as well as patient assistance program applications.
HELPLINE (800) 503-6897
Find Patient Assistance Program Applications

SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)
The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) assists Medicare beneficiaries of all ages to find and afford prescription drug. Funded by the federal government and with the state office at the Executive Office of elder Affairs, SHINE has 13 regional offices and over 600 well trained counselors in very town to assist with these needs and to educate them about One Care and other programs.

Find your local SHINE office (pdf)

Benefits Checkup
A comprehensive on-line service to screen for federal-, state- and some local-, private-, and public-benefits for older adults (aged 55 or over) for prescription drugs and for other services.
Compare generic medications discount programs from major retail pharmacies.

Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
You may be eligible if your combined savings, investments, and real estate are not worth more than $27,250, if you are married and living with your spouse, or $13,640 if you are not currently married or not living with your spouse. (Do NOT count your home, vehicles, personal possessions, life insurance, burial plots, irrevocable burial contracts or back payments from Social Security or SSI.) If you need an application form, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, or TTY 1-800-325-0778 and ask for the application, “Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs” (SSA-1020). You can also apply online.

NORD  RareCare®
Administers Medication Assistance Programs for a variety of pharmaceutical companies. For more information, contact NORD at (800) 999-6673.

Partnership Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. They offer an online single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including about 200 programs offered by bio-pharmaceutical companies. Frequently asked questions .

Prescription Assistance Program Procedure:
To apply for prescription assistance, you will need to know which company makes the medication that has been prescribed. To find that out, ask your doctor or pharmacist

To see if you qualify for financial assistance

  • You will have to:
    • Provide basic information about yourself and the type of drug coverage (if any) you currently have.
  • Once you get your results
    • See which prescription assistance programs you may be eligible for
  • Select the ones you would like to apply to
    • Complete the application process
    • Print, complete and mail your application to each program you are applying to.

Search the internet
You can also do a keyword search on internet of medication for patient assistance programs which may include coupons and monthly savings.

Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/22/2019