Prescription Drug Coverage


Prescription Drug Discount Programs

NeedyMeds, Inc. provides information about Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) to individuals, healthcare professionals, patient advocates, social service workers and others. NeedyMeds, Inc. also assists with completing applications for PAPs.

PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is a search engine for Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and the prescriptions that are covered.

RxAssist has a database of Patient Assistance Programs, with up-to-date information on how to access assistance from nearly 100 companies and more than 700 medications.

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) provides prescription coverage for HIV related medication. ADAP can cover some or all of the cost of prescription drugs. Call the ADAP coordinator in your county to find the enrollment site in your area.

HIV/AIDS Resources

AIDS Project Los Angeles is an excellent resource for information on Services and how they relate to HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Hotline of California has information on approximately 1,200 organizations that serve people with HIV/AIDS and STDs. The hotline's toll free number is 1-800-367-2437.

HIV L.A. Resource DirectoryHIV LA provides a comprehensive resource directory of service providers for persons living with HIV in Los Angeles County. Listings are categorized by geographic region.

The Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) is an international peer-reviewed medical journal. JAMA has an HIV section that publishes current research, news, prevention facts, updates, references, guidelines, treatment reviews and drug information.

Project InformProject Inform is an advocacy organization that provides information on treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, caregivers, healthcare and service providers. Project Inform advocates for regulatory policies, legislation, funding for HIV research, treatment and an AIDS cure. This website contains information on treatment, women's issues, education and a national hotline.

The California Office of AIDS is responsible for coordinating state programs, services, and activities relating to HIV/AIDS. The Office of AIDS has three Branches:

  1. HIV/AIDS Epidemiology;
  2. HIV Education and Prevention Services; and
  3. HIV Care.

This website contains reports, education and prevention information and an Office of AIDS Directory.

Getting Help with Your Benefits

If you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB), and you're looking for a job, a trained Benefits Planner can help you avoid problems with your job plan. If you need help or have questions about your situation, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday.

View DB101's full list of experts who can help you understand different benefits.

Community-Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations guide people through state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with people with any type of disability. Here are a few examples

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some Goodwill Industries centers also do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. Find locations at, or by calling (voice) 1-800-466-3945.

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving people with all disabilities. Many of these centers do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. If they don't offer benefits planning themselves, Independent Living Centers can refer you to local benefits planners. Find the list of independent living centers at, or by calling (voice) 1-916-325-1690 or (TTY) 1-916-325-1695.

The California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS lists 1,300 organizations offering HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations provide case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include help with public and private benefits programs. You can search the list online, or call (voice) 1-800-367-AIDS (2437) or (TTY) 1-888-225-AIDS (2437).

Disability Rights California provides representation for consumers of public programs who are disabled. Website publications include topics on health care, benefit programs, and In-Home Supportive Services.

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