Many conditions are treated with drugs that your doctor prescribes. These drugs can be necessary for you to stay healthy. They can also be expensive. There are a number of ways that you can get help paying for prescription drugs. If you have private or public health coverage, it may cover prescription drugs. If you don’t have coverage, or the coverage doesn’t pay for all of your costs, there are programs that may be able to assist you. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) helps those with HIV/AIDS, and drug companies also have Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) for people who meet certain requirements. Medi-Cal and Medicare both have prescription drug coverage but may require you to pay a premium, deductible, copayment, or co-insurance.

Most of the programs that offer prescription drug coverage are described in detail elsewhere on DB101. In this section, you’ll find brief descriptions of these programs, along with information on Patient Assistance Programs PAPs, and a detailed program description of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

Important Note on Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made big changes to our health care system. These changes have expanded health coverage to more people and created new consumer rights. If you don't have coverage, there may be affordable options for you.

DB101 is being updated to reflect changes that have taken place. Some of what you read here about health coverage may not be accurate anymore, or may be changing soon.

If you have questions about your health coverage, you can: