Assistance Programs for Patients
- The following is a partial list of programs to help
people get the testing, medical care, and medications they need to treat and
cure Hepatitis C if they do not have insurance coverage or financial
resources to pay for the services and medications.
PATIENT ACCESS NETWORK (PAN) Foundation: is an independent non-profit organization that provides assistance to underinsured patients for their
out of pocket medical expenses. PAN assistance covers multiple Hepatitis C medications and a patient's choice of medication does not influence
the amount of assistance a patient is able to receive.
Phone: 646-441-4145 PATIENT ACCESS NETWORK (PAN) Foundation: is an independent non-profit organization that provides assistance
to underinsured patients for their out of pocket medical expenses. PAN assistance covers multiple Hepatitis C medications and a patient's
choice of medication does not influence the amount of assistance a patient is able to receive.
To qualify for PAN assistance:
1-Patient should be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which a patient seeks assistance.
2-The medication must treat the disease directly.
3-Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
4-Patient's gross income must fall below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level.
To learn more or to apply, visit www.panfoundation.org or call 1866-316-7263
Free help finding affordable, quality health coverage: If you need health care, New York’s Community Health Advocates
program (CHA) can help. With a network of 30 community-based organizations, CHA can help you find and use affordable, quality health coverage in your neighborhood. You can get help from CHA whether you are privately insured, publicly insured, or uninsured. If you don’t have health insurance, they can help
you get care through local health centers and hospital charity care programs. Over the past ten years, CHA has helped nearly 150,000 New Yorkers.
You can reach them by
phone or e-mail, or you may visit office:
841 Broadway, Suite 301, New York, NY 10003. Manhattan walk-in hours
are Thursdays 10AM – 3PM.
CIDNY Queens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Suite 107, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Queens walk-in hours are Mondays 10AM – 3PM.
HEPATITIS C TREATMENT MEDICATIONS
Most pharmaceutical companies offer help to patients who cannot afford the medications needed to treat Hepatitis C. You should work with your doctor to select and contact programs for assistance. In fact, your doctor may have the forms you need to submit to get medications at reduced cost or no cost. Your doctor may help you apply for assistance.
Some pharmaceutical companies also offer programs to help patients learn more about Hepatitis C and manage treatment side effects. Check those out too.
Olysio (Simeprevir)- Janssen
- Patients who lack adequate
financial resources and do not have prescription coverage can apply to the Johnson & Johnson Patient
Assistance Foundation, Inc., to determine if they meet eligibility criteria for
financial assistance for OLYSIO:
- Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation,
Inc. (JJPAF) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization that assists
patients who do not have financial resources or prescription drug coverage to
obtain free prescription products that are donated by Johnson & Johnson
operating companies. Janssen Therapeutics donates medicines, including OLYSIO,
- For additional information, please visit the JJPAF Web
site at www.jjpaf.org or
call and speak to one of our patient assistance program specialists at
- Patients with prescription
drug coverage that may require significant out-of-pocket (co-pay or co-insurance)
expenses for OLYSIO may apply for
assistance through OLYSIO Support:
- Patients who qualify for the OLYSIO patient savings
program will pay no more than $25 per month for a total of $75 for three months
out-of-pocket costs. This program is available to cover co-pays and
co-insurance costs. Additional important information about the OLYSIO
patient savings program:
- Subject to a $25,000 annual maximum, 12 months after
activation, or 3 fills (12-week supply), whichever comes first
- Not valid for patients enrolled in Medicare (e.g.,
Medicare Part D) or Medicaid
- Information on the OLYSIO patient savings program and
other access support services can be found at www.olysio.com or by calling 1-855-5-OLYSIO
- A 24/7 Nurse Support hotline
· A support group finder to help individuals connect with other people in their area who are seeking support on their hepatitis C journey
· A variety of resources to help individuals keep track of their treatment inclusive of a mobile app, dosing diary, treatment calendar,and reminder calls.
Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir)- Gilead
Gilead is committed to ensuring that people with hepatitis C can access Sovaldi and has launched Support Path(tm) (www.MySupportPath.com) to provide assistance to patients who are uninsured, underinsured or who need financial assistance to pay for the medicine. The program consists of an integrated offering of support services for patients and providers, including:
* Access to dedicated case managers to help patients and their providers with insurance-related needs, including identifying alternative coverage options such as federally-insured programs (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare) and health exchanges.
* Education and support, including a 24/7 nursing support service line and the ability to schedule an onsite visit from a clinical educator.
* 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. Co-pay assistance can also be applied toward deductibles and co-insurance obligations.
* 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.
Information about how to apply for any of these forms of assistance can be found at www.MySupportPath.com or by calling 1-855-7MyPath (1-855-769-7284) between 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.
Interferon and Ribavirin Assistance Programs:
Merck/Schering-Plough Commitment to Care for:
PegIntron (peginterferon alpha 2b)
Genentech/Pegasyst Program for:
Pegasys (peginterferon alpha 2a)
- Patients who qualify for the OLYSIO patient savings program will pay no more than $25 per month for a total of $75 for three months out-of-pocket costs. This program is available to cover co-pays and co-insurance costs. Additional important information about the OLYSIO patient savings program: