If you find yourself running low on your anti-seizure medication with no way to pay for your next refill, contact us to see if you are eligible for emergency medication assistance.
This is a one-time use program, so it should only be used in an emergency situation. You must have a valid prescription at a pharmacy and be able to provide the pharmacy’s phone number and address. If approved, the EAWCP will pay your pharmacy directly, and you will be able to pick up your medication(s). If the reason you are unable to afford your medications is an ongoing issue, you can work with our staff to identify other patient assistance programs to help in the future.
DO NOT WAIT until you are out of medication to contact us. Sometimes it can take several days to coordinate medication and payment with a pharmacy. You must have a current prescription at the pharmacy.
Information we will ask in order to determine your eligibility:
If you do not have health insurance and/or your health insurance does not include prescription drug coverage, help may be available
Some people are eligible for Medical Assistance through the PA Department of Public Welfare (Medicaid). To qualify for Medicaid, one must meet the income and other requirements set by the PA Department of Public Welfare. This state-funded program pays for health care services for eligible individuals. There are several different ways to apply for this assistance.
You can apply for medical assistance and a variety of other state-funded programs and services through the PA COMPASS website www.compass.state.pa.us.
Pennsylvania has a state children’s health insurance program called Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that extends Medicaid coverage to children whose parents’ income is too high to qualify them for Medicaid. CHIP provides low-cost health and dental insurance for kids and teens. To be eligible, children must be under the age of 19, a resident of Pennsylvania, uninsured, and not eligible for medical assistance. This program does have prescription drug coverage for children. For more information on this program, or to apply, call 1-800-986-5437.
Many of Pennsylvania’s senior citizens are eligible for a prescription drug program called PACE/PACENET. These programs are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and offer comprehensive prescription coverage to older Pennsylvanians to cover the cost of most medications that require prescriptions, including insulin, syringes and insulin needles. These programs do not cover over-the-counter medicines, medical equipment or doctor, hospital, dental, or vision services. There are no premiums or monthly fees charged to people who enroll in these programs.
You can learn more about PACE and PACENET and even enroll in these programs on-line by visiting the Department of Aging website at www.aging.state.pa.us or call 1-800-225-7223.
Many pharmaceutical companies also offer Patient Assistance Programs (which help to reduce the cost of many medications) for people who cannot afford the cost of medications but who are ineligible for Medicaid due to their income. The websites below offer discounts or free medications to eligible patients. You can also check with the pharmaceutical company that makes your medication to see if they offer any patient assistance programs. When using these websites, you can search for your brand or generic medication and each site will list the patient assistance programs that you may be able to apply for.