Financial Assistance/Patient Assistant Programs

Financial Assistance for Hepatitis C Treatment Medications

 

 

 

Programs Available to Help Pay for Treatment

Many resources exist to help Hep C patients and their families get the proper medical and treatment assistance they need. It is important to understand the potential out of pocket expenses for treatment. Check with your insurance company regarding coverage.  There is help for you if you don’t have insurance or need help with co-pays with your insurance coverage, or if you have been denied treatment from your insurance company.  You can contact the pharmaceutical companies and patient assistance programs, to find out which assistance is right for your needs.

If one resource isn’t right for you, keep going until you find the resource you need.  Be proactive and persistent. The right help is out there for you.

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Gilead the pharmaceutical company that makes Harvoni (sofosbuvir, ledipasvir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), for Hep C Treatment have stated in their press release and on their website that they will assist those who cannot afford  Hep C treatment through their program, Support Path. 

Support Path assists eligible hepatitis C patients in the United States who do not have insurance, are underinsured or who otherwise need financial assistance to gain coverage for or access to Sovaldi (sofosbuvir).  The program consists of an integrated offering of support services for patients and providers. Services include:

  • Access to dedicated case managers to help patients and their providers with insurance-related needs.
  • Education and support, including a 24/7 nursing support service line.
  • The Sovaldi Co-pay Coupon Program, which provides co-pay assistance for eligible patients with private insurance who need assistance paying for out-of-pocket medication costs. Most patients will pay no more than $5 per co-pay.
  • Gilead will provide support to the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides assistance for eligible federally-insured and privately-insured patients who need help covering out-of-pocket medication costs.
  • The Support Path Patient Assistance Program will provide Sovaldi at no charge for eligible patients with no other insurance options.

To learn more about Support Path for Harvoni or Support Path for Sovaldi, please call, 1-855-769-7284, Monday through Friday, between 9:00am and 8:00pm Eastern time.

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Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Olysio (simprevir) provide Hep C patients with assistance through OLYSIO Savings Program.  Olysio is used in combination with other drugs for Hep C Treatment.

For Patients with commercial insurance the program states:

*Once eligible patients qualify and activate their OLYSIO Savings Program, they pay only $25 per fill.

*For eligibility requirements and restrictions, visit www.OLYSIO.com or call 1-855-5-OLYSIO (1-855-565-9746).

*Subject to a $25,000 annual benefit, 12 months after activation, or 3 fills (12-week supply), whichever comes first.

*Not valid for patients enrolled in Medicare, such as Medicare Part D, or Medicaid.  Other restrictions apply. See OLYSIO for more detail. For Patients with Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, or commercial insurance assistance and support are available through:  Patient Access Network Foundation: 1-866-316-7263/panfoundation.org Additional Resources for Olysio: Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (JJPAF) is committed to providing access to medicines for uninsured patients who lack the financial resources to pay for them. If you need OLYSIO and uninsured and unable to pay for your medicine, contact a Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance program specialist at 1-800-652-6227 between 9:00am-6:00pm ET, or visit the foundation website at JJPAF.org for information on qualifying for assistance.

Visit JanssenPrescriptionAssistance.com/OLYSIO for a comprehensive list of affordability programs.

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Viekira Pak by AbbVie: Viekira.com, ProCeed assists with resources and tools for VIEKIRA. ProCeed is a personalized program, designed with you in mind. It’s about getting to know you as an individual so we can help build a plan that fits your needs throughout treatment. To get started and enroll see the link for the ProCeed Program or Call 1-844-2proCeed or 1-844-277-6223. For Financial treatment assistance and information contact the ProCeed Program. 

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AbbVie Patient Assistance: The AbbVie Patient Assistance Foundation believes that people who need AbbVie medicines should be able to get them.We understand the challenges people face and are here to help. The Foundation provides AbbVie medicines at no cost to people experiencing financial difficulties.  Contact: abbviepaf.org/index.cfm or Call 1-800-222-6885 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm CST.

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Merck the makers of Victrelis (boceprevir): Victrelis.com offer patients medication assistance through the ACT program. Please see important information regarding Victrelis in the US Market. If you have no health coverage or are unsure about how much coverage you have, The ACT Program Specialists can help answer questions related to insurance coverage and reimbursement.

Services include:

*Researching medical insurance and prescription plan benefits.

*Verifying out-of-pocket costs. Sometimes affording prescription medicines can be difficult.  That’s why at Merck, we have created the Patient Assistance Program—to keep affordable medicines within your reach.  The ACT Program Specialist can refer eligible patients to the Patient Assistance Program.  Click here to learn more about The ACT Program.

Merck also offers the Multiuse Savings Coupon: Eligible patients may save on their out-of-pocket cost on up to 12 qualifying prescriptions of Victrelis (boceprevir). The coupon savings is valid for the eligible patient’s co-pay, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket costs, up to a maximum benefit of 20% of the catalog price of Victrelis (as set by the manufacturer at the time of purchase), provided that coupon savings may not exceed the patient’s actual out-of-pocket cost.  The coupon is not insurance.

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Genentech: Genentech-access.com/patients.  We are committed to helping people get access to Genentech medicines whenever possible. Genentech Access Solutions offers coverage support, patient assistance, and other useful information to help you along the way.

We offer a full range of programs and services to meet the needs of patients and are here to help when one of our medicines is prescribed.

Genentech Access Solutions can help you manage payments for your prescribed Genentech medicines. We can work with you if:

  • You have no health care plan
  • Your health care plan turned down paying for your medicine
  • You have a high co-pay or co-insurance

GENENTECH ACCESS SOLUTIONS SUPPORT LINE
6 a.m.-5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday   Call (866) 4Access or (866) 422-2377.

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For Merck the makers of Peg Interferon they offer Insurance and Reimbursement Help with The ACT Program. The ACT Program Specialists can help answer questions related to insurance coverage and reimbursement.  They can also explain program requirements and available options.

Reimbursement Support Services: The ACT Program Specialist can:

*Research your medical insurance and prescription plan benefits

*Verify out-of-pocket costs. *Collaborate with you and your doctor to help verify appropriate coverage.

*Conduct searches for alternate reimbursement resources. *Refer individuals to patient assistance program. For additional information and reimbursement support, please call The ACT Program at 866-363-6379, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 8PM ET.

For information on Merck Patient Assistance Programs, please visit www.merckhelps.com
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Kadmon Pharmaceuticals (Keys Program)for Ribasphere RibaPak (ribavirin, USP) in combination with peginterferon alfa-2a is indicated for the treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis C virus infection who have compensated liver disease and have not been previously treated with interferon alpha.  Contact:  hcvadvocate.org/community/community_pdf/Riba_CoPay_Cards.pdf  or Call: 1-888-668-3393.

For Moderiba™ (ribavirin, USP) is a prescription medicine used with another medicine called peginterferon alfa-2a to treat chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C infection in people whose liver still works normally, and who have not been treated before with a medicine called an interferon alpha. Contact: moderiba.com/patient-support/financial or Call: 1-844-MODERIBA or 1-844-663-3742.
 For Ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, Ribasp) to be used in combination with Hep C treatment. with Interferon alfa. Discount Coupons are available through this website, GoodRx.com  See locations and different coupons available for discounted prices.
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Additional Resources

American Liver Foundation For additional Financial Assistance Resources see American Liver Foundation Support Guide.  Click on American Liver Foundation Support and look for the Financial Assistance Resource Booklet to download.

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Clinical Trials are another way to obtain treatment and care. To find out information about clinical trials in your location visit: Clinical Trials.gov

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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy: See: Diplomat.is or Call toll-free:877-977-9118. Dedicated funding specialists ready to help you find financial assistance. There are many external foundations and grants that exist to help patients afford their medications. In 2013, Diplomat secured more than $24 million for patients in prescription co-pay assistance from external partners.

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Good Days from CDF (Chronic Disease Fund): Good Days from Chronic Disease Fund.org.  Good Days from CDF, formerly known as Chronic Disease Fund, exists to improve the health and quality of life of patients with chronic disease, cancer, or other life-altering conditions. The cost of medications to treat chronic disease can be staggering, adding to the despair and suffering of these patients. At Good Days, our mission is to ensure no one has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday living.

We help patients suffering from chronic medical conditions who have limited financial means get access to the medications they need. Our program helps qualified patients pay their insurance co-pays so they can get immediate access to prescription medications that will give them relief from pain and suffering. We know you have many questions and hope you find some comfort and answers here.

To contact Good Days (Chronic Disease Fund)

Email:
info@cdfund.org  Toll-Free Patient Information: (877) 968-7233 Main Number: (972) 608-7141

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Healthwell Foundation: The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. If you’ve been prescribed a medication and your insurance company covers it, but you still cannot afford the coinsurance or copayment required, we may be able to assist you by paying for part of your costs associated with the medication. Also, if you are eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, we may be able to assist with your insurance premium. Phone: (800) 675-8416.

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HealthCare.gov: healthcare.gov

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Hepatitis A & B Vaccines Assistance Programs: There is no vaccine for protection against Hepatitis C but patients with Hepatitis C need to be protected with the vaccines for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B virus. The makers of HAV (Hepatitis A Virus) and HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) vaccines offer patient assistance programs with low-cost and free vaccines.

Contact: Merck.com/merckhelps/vaccines/home.html Merck-VAQTA-Hepatitis A vaccine; RECOMBRIVAX HB-Hepatitis B vaccine.  Or Call 1-800-293-3881.

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Contact: GSK Vaccines Access Program is a patient assistance program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline that provides GlaxoSmithKline vaccines to adult applicants who meet eligibility requirements. This program does not constitute health insurance. For GSK-HAVRIX-Hepatitis A vaccine; ENGERIX-B Hepatitis B vaccine; TWINRIX-combination of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccine.  GSK-vap.com/ or Call 1-877-822-2911.

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Hepatitis Foundation International For extensive list of Financial help resources, websites, and help organizations.  Click here for Hepatitis Foundation International.

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Medicare: Medicare.gov

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Needy Meds is a nonprofit organization that assists individuals who cannot afford medicine or health care costs.Program: Free or low cost clinic locator is an online locator to find clinics that offer free or low cost health services and offer sliding scale fees based on the individuals income.

For Eligibility: Contact needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf or Needy Meds Inc. P.O. Box 219 Gloucester, MA 01931 or website: needymeds.org  or Call: 1-800-503-6897.

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Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (ODPHP): Health.gov  The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy. Learn more about our work by exploring our national health initiatives.

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Patient Access Network Foundation: 1-866-316-7263/panfoundation.org

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Patient Advocate Foundation: Patient Advocate.org  The Process is Simple. Patient Advocate Foundation’s Patient Services provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. Phone: (800) 532-5274.

Patient Advocate Foundation for Co-Pay Relief: Copays.org/diseases/hepatitis-c or Call 1-866-512-3861.

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Patient Assistance Program (PAP)

Other programs are listed for patient assistance. See additional Financial and Medication Assistant Programs under Support and Resource Listing on this website for additional information and help.

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Partnership for Prescription Assistance Our mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. We offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by biopharmaceutical companies. We have already helped millions of Americans get free or reduced-cost prescription medicines. Phone: 1-888-477-2669 or website: www.pparx.org/en  Free or low cost clinic locator is an online locator to find clinics that offer free or low cost health services and offer sliding scale fees based on the individuals income.

See: www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/free_clinic finder.

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Rx Assist: Rx Assist.org. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.

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Rx Outreach: Rxoutreach.org. We are a nonprofit charity that provides critical medicine for people who can’t afford it. We offer more than 500 medications through our mail order pharmacy delivered to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. With support of generous donors, we help more than 85,000 people each year get the medications they need to stay healthy. Call: 1-800-769-3880

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Social Security Disability Other resources are available if you need to apply for Social Security Medical Disability. Click on www.ssa.gov/disability/ Be sure to type in Hepatitis C and see additional information for qualifying.   Put on your investigator hat and dive into the many resources that are offered.  Never give up until you find the right doors open for you.

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 Together Rx Access: Togetherrxaccess.com With Together Rx Access®, individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at their neighborhood pharmacies. Through this website, we also connect you with resources about the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act, individual pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs, and other patient assistance resources.
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References:

American Liver Foundation

Hepatitis Foundation International  

Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofsbuvir) by Gilead Sciences

Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) by Gilead Sciences

Olysio (simeprevir) by Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

Viekira Pak by AbbVie & Proceed Program

Victrelis (boceprevir) by Merck 

Clinical Trials.gov 

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