Social Security Disability Attorney
When applying for Social Security Disability benefits and waiting for a decision, there are many costs that can arise in the meantime. It is important to continue treating with doctors and to be compliant with all medical orders. You also may be having trouble affording the basics, like transportation.
If you do not have medical insurance, or if you have lost it, affording your medications can be challenging; some prescription medications can cost hundreds of dollars per refill. Not taking your medication is harmful to your overall well-being and to your claim with Social Security, but affording them may be too much of a financial strain. There are measures you can take in order to continue taking the medications your doctors have prescribed.
Determine if a generic drug is available
Determine whether or not the drugs your doctors have prescribed have a generic equivalent. Generic drugs are less expensive than brand-name drugs, but they are made following the exact same standards set by the FDA; in other words, you are getting the same results for less cost. Some medications do not have generic equivalents, but many do. For example, Citalopram is the generic of the anti-depressant Celexa; Doxazosin is the generic of the hypertension medication Cardura. Ask your doctor if the medications you are taking have generic equivalents, and find out if your local pharmacy provides a generic prescription program to make affording your medications easier.
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Contact the drug manufacturer
Contact the manufacturer of the medications you take if you are having trouble affording them. Ask to speak to someone about reducing the costs of your prescriptions; some pharmaceutical companies will work with people in order to set up a plan in which you can pay a reduced amount for the medications you need. Three of the major pharmaceutical companies that manufacture drugs are Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline; consult your doctor to determine which pharmaceutical company or companies produce the drugs you have been prescribed.
Research local and federal organizations that provide assistance for people who are having trouble affording medications due to lack of medical insurance or financial hardships. Explore your options online. Visit websites such as Rxassist.com and NeedyMeds.com in order to learn what organizations or groups exist in your area that can help you get your medications at little cost.
There are programs available through the Department of Public Welfare for those who fall below a set income level. You can apply at your local DPW office.
Mental Health Rx Pharmacy Benefit Program – for those who meet low-income requirements and need help paying for medications for their mental health.
Allegheny County Rx Program – a free network available to Allegheny County residents that is honored at more than 300 pharmacies in the county
COMPASS – the Pennsylvania website for a number of benefits to help you make ends meet.
You can also check the Department of Public Welfare website for any other programs you may qualify for.
Free Clinics are another option that may be available to you. Talk to your primary care physician or your local health department about any free clinics in your area:
Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
West Virginia Association of Free Clinics
Ohio Association of Free Clinics
Volunteers in Medicine
National Association of Free Clinics
Unite for Sight
Allegheny County Health Department
Free transportation to and from non-emergency medical visits is available to residents of Allegheny County residents with Medical Assistance cards through the Medical Assistance Transportation Program or MATP.
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If you or a loved one has questions about applying for disability benefits or you have been denied benefits, please call our office or email us today for a free case evaluation. The experienced attorneys at Berger and Green can help you to complete your application for Social Security disability benefits today.
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