Many people have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines, but there are assistance programs available that are government based and privately sponsored.
Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD)
The PAAD program is a state-funded program that helps eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on their prescription drug costs.
You may be eligible for PAAD if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a New Jersey resident
- You are age 65 or older or between ages 18 and 64 and receiving Social Security Title II Disability benefits
- Your income for 2019 is less than $27,951 if single or less than $34,268 if married.
- Medicare-eligible PAAD beneficiaries are also required to enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan.
For more information call 1-800-792-9745 or learn more here
Nonprofit Prescription Assistance Programs
Needy Meds connects people to programs that will help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs. Needy Meds provides a free printable drug discount card that can provide savings on prescription medications. For more information, call their helpline at 800-503-6897.
The Medicine Assistance Tool
The Medicine Assistance Tool helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them - free of charge. Many patients will get their medications at no cost or at discounted prices. To learn more visit their website.
RxAssist helps individuals find information about free and low-cost medication programs through their online Patient Assistance Program Center. They also provide a prescription discount card that patients may be able to use even if they have health insurance coverage.
The FamilyWize Prescription Drug Saving Program provides free FamilyWize cards that offer discounts on prescriptions. Participants may use the card as often as needed, for any prescription, for every family member. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility or registration required. The average savings is 40% per prescription. Click here to see the discounted price of medications, a list of participating pharmacies and to download your FamilyWize card today.
Retail-Specific Prescription Savings Program
Walmart Pharmacies provide many prescriptions for $4.00. For a complete list of medications, click here.
Compare prices before you buy
N.J. Prescription Drug Retail Price Registry will help consumers compare the retail prices charged by many pharmacies for the 150 most-frequently prescribed prescription drugs. By comparing prices here, consumers can see what a pharmacy has reported to the State that it charged for a specific prescription drug. Comparing the prices listed in this registry will help a consumer find the pharmacy in his or her area with the lowest retail price for a specific prescription drug.
To use this registry all you need to know is the name of the medication, its dosage, and your town or zip code. Once you’ve identified this information, you’ll be able to search the database and get a listing of the prices being reported by area pharmacies. To learn more and access the registry visit the website listed above or call 800-242-5846.
Pharmaceutical Companies Provide Assistance
A number of pharmaceutical companies are trying to help ease the burden of prescription medications as well. The following programs were designed with income eligibility requirements and are only for those without prescription insurance coverage. All say they are willing to make allowances for people who are facing medical or financial hardships. You must be taking a medication produced by the pharmaceutical company in order to be considered for assistance. You can see if your medication is associated with any assistance programs. You can also contact your pharmacetical company directly or visiting their Web sites for more information.
For additional Prescription Expense Assistance, search local programs.
County Wellness Discount Programs
Residents of Atlantic County will receive on average 24% off retail prices on prescription drugs for themselves and their pets if they enroll for free in the Atlantic County Prescription Discount Program. If you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover. To learn more call 877.321.2652 or visit their website.
Save on prescription drugs, dental and eye care, hearing aids and more. This free program is open to Bergen County residents as well as all NJ residents and there is no age or income requirement. To learn more call 201.336.7400 or visit their website.
The Gloucester County Prescription Drug Program helps reduce the costs of prescriptions for all Gloucester county residents. This program offers free access to up to 80% prescription medications and imaging services. For more information, call (855) 702-7283 or visit the website.