Affording Medical Bills While You Wait for Social Security

Many medications have a generic equivalent that may be effective. Generic drugs are less expensive than name-brand, and many conditions can be treated by the generic equivalent without losing effect. However, it is important to ask your doctor about your specific condition and the treatment plan laid out for you. Some local pharmacies also have a low-cost generic prescription program that can help even further.

Some drug manufacturers also have programs to make affording prescriptions easier. The major pharmaceutical companies Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline have plans that can offer you a reduced price for your needed medications. Websites such as NeedyMeds.com are available to provide you with further information about available programs to help you with your medications.

There are many state and local programs that are available to those who cannot afford to pay for the care they need and who fall below a certain income level. Many of these can be applied to through your local Department of Public Welfare office.

In Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Rx Program is free to residents and can save up to 22% on prescriptions. There are no income requirements for this program. There are also free clinics available in most areas that you may want to discuss with your doctor as a lower-cost treatment plan option. These resources can help you find fee and low-cost clinics in your area:

Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
www.pachc.com

West Virginia Association of Free Clinics
http://wvafc.org/

Ohio Association of Free Clinics
ohiofreeclinics.org